Duties come in all shapes and sizes in My Brother Sam Is Dead. For Tim, sometimes his duties mean obeying his parents or doing his chores. No big deal, right? But sometimes it's about making tough decisions. Does Tim want to put his responsibilities to his family first? Or should he be like Sam and prioritize his duty to serve his country? Sorry, Tim—those aren't going to be easy decisions to make. You can't please everyone, and by the end of the book, Tim is going to find this out for himself.
Nation is number one. Sam chooses to defend his country, even if it means putting his family second, and that's the way it should be.
Family comes first. Tim puts his family over his country, and that's the right decision.