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The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

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Transcript of The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

Characters
The two main (and only) characters are Joby, and the General (pg.203).
Joby is the drummer boy for the army. He has just turned fourteen, and has been in the army for three weeks (pgs. 200, 203). We can also infer from the text that he ran away from home from what he said to the general (pg.203). We also can infer that he is scared for the battle ahead, and needs to come to peace within himself. He is the protagonist, and the antagonist is his internal feeling about war.
The General of the army seems very kind. In the story it says, "He smelled as all fathers should smell, of salt-sweat, tobacco, horse and boot leather, and the earth he walked upon (pg.203)" He acts very kind to Joby. It also seems that if he was the General he would be strong and brave, but in the text on page 203 the general says, ' "You want to cry some more, go on ahead. I did the same last night (pg. 203)." This shows that he has feelings too, and does not want or like the war.
Setting
The setting of this story is on an April night (pg. 201). It is in the year 1862 in Tennessee (pg. 206). It is during the Civil War, and it is right before the Battle of Shiloh.
Point Of View
The point of view is third person limited.
Basic Plot
The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

By: Ray Bradbury
Conflict
Theme
Literary Techniques
Mood
New Vocabulary
List of Sources
About The Author
askew
strewn
helter-skelter
Ray Bradbury is the author of many books including the Drummer Boy of Shiloh, The Veldt, and There Will come Soft Rains. He likes to write stories that go into the future and also stories that go to the past. This great author was inspired to write this story because he read a obituary about a actor's grandfather who had been a drummer boy in the battle of Shiloh. This author was born in 1920 and died in 2012. (pg.191)
basting
benediction
arisen
bindled
bayonets
riveted
compounded
immortality
ramrod
Minie ball
flint
resolute
Joby is scared of the battle ahead.
"Me,
thought the boy,
I only got a
In the story, The Drummer Boy of Shiloh, the story starts:

With Joby crying under the tree as he is scared for the battle ahead. (pg.202)
Then the general comes to him and talks to him for a while after realizing that he is a drummer boy. (pg.203).
Then after speaking for a while the general admits to Joby that he was crying too. He says maybe because it's, "God's Truth". (pg. 203).
Then as a comforting phrase the general tells Joby, "You are the heart of the army".(pg.204).
The general then tells Joby to beat fast on his drum as this will make the men fight harder. (pg.204).
Then after a while of thinking Joby agrees that he will beat fast. Then general then tells him when people ask what he did during this war that he can say, "I was the Drummer boy at Shiloh". (pg.205).
Then after the general leaves Joby feels better and then falls asleep with his hand around the drum and peach blossoms then fall onto the drum. (pg.206)
drum, two sticks to beat it, and no sheild."
(pg. 202)
said the voice quietly,
"Well,"
"here's a soldier
crying before the fight. Good.
Get over it.
Won't be time once it all starts."
(general talking to Joby, pg. 202)
Type of conflict:
Internal
The literary techniques are:
The theme of this story is that if you are confident with yourself, you can find strength ,and inner peace to do anything. In the text after he is talking to the general, he says,
"You are the heart of the army."
(pg. 204). This helps comfort Joby. Then after the general leaves Joby falls asleep,
"He lay next to it, his arm around it."
(pg.206). This shows that he has stopped crying and has overcome his fear with strength.
Metaphor
"Now and again the boy heard a vast wind come up that gently stirred the air. But he knew what it was-the army here, the army there, whispering to itself in the dark."
"What the men whispered the boy could only guess and he guessed that it was..."
"'You are the heart the army...'"
Prentice Hall Language and Literacy Textbook
When the reader is reading this story they feel sad and scared.
Simile
"Me, thought the boy, I only got a drum, two sticks to beat it, and no shield."
"But if he beat a sure, steady, ever faster rhythm, then, then, their knees would come up in a long line down over the hill, one knee after the other, like a wave on the ocean shore."
"You want to cry some more, go on ahead. I did the same last night."
(pg.204)
(pg.204)
Imagery
"He lay next to it, his arm around it, feeling the tremor, the touch, the muted thunder..."
(pg.206)
http://mrspalucki.podomatic.com/entry/2006-05-15T21_53_19-07_00
(Picture of Boy with drum)
Picture of Ray Bradbury
http://cdn8.openculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ray-bradbury-zen.jp
Picture of boy with drum 2
http://www.fielddrums.com/uploaded_images/Hendershot_image-744329.gif
http://soundbible.com/tags-civil-war-drum-beats.html
Background Music


Joby is scared of the battle ahead.
"Me, though the boy, I only got a drum, two sticks to beat it, and no shield." (pg. 202).
"Well," sad the voice quietly, "here's a soldier crying before the fight. Good. Get over it. Won't be time once it starts."
(general talking to Joby, (pg.202)
Type of conflict: Internal

(Pg. 200-206)
Pg. 202
Conflict
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