From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead


by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


Character Role Analysis

The American Revolution

You usually don't think of a historical event as an antagonist, but the Revolutionary War is what's getting in our protagonist's way. The conflict is what causes the Meeker-family split, and that, in turn, puts Tim between a brotherly rock and a fatherly hard place.