An Analysis of The Drummer Boy of Shiloh by Ray Bradbury

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One cause can make a huge difference. The historical fiction short story called “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” was written by Ray Bradbury. Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad is a nonfictional biographical excerpt, written by Ann Petry. Both characters, from these two selections might have a small role but they made a huge difference. Even though these are two different selections, they share some similarities.

In the April night, hours before the most bloody event starts in 1862, was a boy who feared the upcoming battle. The narrator is in third person. The author’s purpose was to inform the readers about how the drummer boys would feel before the fight, since they do not carry any protection for themselves. The story took place at Shiloh, Tennessee, on the eve of the Civil War battle. Joby, who is a drummer boy, feared the battle and could not sleep. The general notices him and tries to comfort Joby. He admits that he was afraid too but he understood that death is part of the war and he cannot change it. Since Joby does not carry any protection, he becomes scared and cries; but the general comforts him and he was able to sleep. During the battle, many soldiers fought and died. Many died because the general’s troops were young and inexperienced.

Harriet Tubman was one of the bravest heroes to lead the slaves to freedom. The narrator’s point of view is in third person. The author’s purpose was to acknowledge Harriet Tubman for her bravery, kindness, and sacrifice. Harriet Tubman, a former slave, led a group of eleven runaway slaves from the South to freedom in Canada. She faced many difficulties along the way. Some slaves wanted to return to the plantations but Tubman threatened them not to leave the group by using a gun. She made two trips every year in six years from the South to Canada. Since the fugitive slave law was passed, many runaway slaves had to go to Canada for freedom.

The two selections have some similarities and differences...
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