Wouldn't it be nice if Sam and Tim got to grow up in a pretty green pasture with butterflies and unicorns? Yeah, that's not happening for our Meeker brothers. Instead, they get to grow up during the Revolutionary War. And there's one thing we know for sure: the war makes these boys grow up quickly. For Sam, growing up means making his own decisions and running away from home. For Tim, it means helping his mom out around the tavern. Both brothers have plenty of struggles to mature. By the end of My Brother Sam Is Dead, do you think either one succeeds?
Tim should have held on to his childhood. The book argues that the war makes Tim grow up way too quickly.
Tim becomes an adult just in the nick of time. The book supports Tim's growth, even if it is because of the war.