My Brother Sam is Dead

by: Christopher Collier & James Lincoln Collier

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained

I let go of the gun and took my hand out from underneath the blanket, trying to think what to do next. Sam was pretty tired, and being a good sleeper, I figured I might be able to move his arm without waking him up.

This quotation shows the betrayal of friends and brothers that war can necessitate. Tim needs to take the Brown Bess, his father's gun, back home, and when he finds Sam sleeping with it, he uses the intimate information he has of his brother's sleeping habits to decide he will take a risk and slide the gun away from Sam. Even though Tim has no intention of hurting Sam, this passage portrays a trespass of sorts, and demonstrates how in war, men must use any resource they can find to survive.