My Brother Sam Is Dead makes one thing crystal clear: war stinks. Big time. In the novel, the Revolutionary War leads to a whole bunch of deaths, many of which are seriously gruesome. We're talking the stuff of nightmares here. Kids, adults, and everyone in between is in danger. But remember, the violence comes from both sides of the conflict; it's almost as if the authors aren't quite taking a side… are they? And while we're at it, would you say the authors are even squarely in camp anti-war? All we know is that this is some genuinely complicated stuff.
Down with war! Mr. Meeker hates the war no matter who wins. In the end, the book argues that war isn't worth the cost.
Let's go to war! Sam's dedication to the war means that he's willing to die for freedom, and the book says this is a good thing.