The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

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  • Thoughts
  •   "Me, thought the boy, I got only a drum, two sticks to beat it, and no shield." 
  • Actions
  •  "And the voice was about to move on when the boy, startled, touched the drum at his elbow. "
  • Feelings
  •  "But without these last the boy felt his family move yet farther off away in the dark, as if one of those great prairie‑burning trains had chanted them away never to return, leaving him with this drum which was worse than a toy in the game to be played tomorrow or some day much too soon."
  • Since he is the drummer boy, he doesn't have anything to protect himself with, so he lacks confidence in himself. He doesn't think he will do well in battle.
  • Words
  •  "'You ready for tomorrow or the next day, Joby?' 'I think so, sir.'"
  • He is easily startled as he is anxious about the battle ahead, his safety and his role as the drummer boy. 
  • Dynamic Character
  •  “Now, boy,” said the General quietly, “you are the heart  of the army. Think of that. You’re the heart of the army. Listen, now.”
  • Since he ran away, he felt himself miss his family more and more, as he is just a kid. 
  • Theme
  • Joby is unsure of what to do at the battle, and he isn't prepared. He doesn't know what to do.
  • At first, Joby was unsure of his role in the battle, and was scared. Now, he understands his role in the battle, and it is to keep people steady and calm during the battle. This in itself proves he has a change in character and in attitude.
  • The author believes that victory does not come without fear of failure and overcoming it.
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