Dear America When Will This Cruel War Be Over by Barry Denenberg

Dear America When Will This Cruel War Be Over by Barry Denenberg

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Dear America When Will This Cruel War Be Over by Barry Denenberg


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Emma Simpson- She is the main character in this story . The whole concept of the book is about her diary . In her diary she talks about the stress and anxiety the war has brought upon her family .Emma to me is a static character. She still to me doesn't mature as much as she says she has. She complains a lot .If she really matured she would have handled things like her Aunt Caroline.

Aunt Caroline-She is one important characters in the book . She keeps patient thought the story which makes her static. Even when there was hard times ,like when baby Elizabeth died which I think it was from scarlet fever. (Maybe she caught from lily some how.) She still stood her ground .

Cousin Rachel- She's one on Aunt Caroline's daughters . She changes dramatically . From the girl who dreamed of getting married to despising it
And think its best not to get married at all . She becomes very angry with the war and marriage that it was starting to scare thoughts around her . Later in the story I found epilogue that Aunt Caroline sent her to a mental incaution for the insane . She died there some say she killed herself by jumping out the window or someone pushed her no one knows .

Mrs. Simpson- Emma's mom who was in the book for a short time . She help out around the house . Even with the fathers chores like watch the slaves .
But on Monday, April 18,1864 she's dies. She is a static character.

Iris-She is a slave . She sticks with Emma and her family throughout the war . She has a daughter names Dinah that Emma thinks is just like her. I'm learned in the Epilogue that she lived with Emma and tally after the war . But later on fines a husband and they find a house together . She is static .

Amos-He's a slave . He also sticks with them till the end of the war . He's a very old man he has no children or wife to care for so he looks at the Simpson's has his family. In the Epilogue he lives with Aunt Caroline he is also is a static.

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Tally- He loves Emma. Him and Emma met at a party and fell in love from then he has been sending her letters . He goes into the war and he's a static character because he says the same his just like Emma . In the end he marries Emma

Mr. Simpson- He's Emma's dad he a static he always saying we are going to win this war and that they should not worry that thing will end up the way it was be for but in the end he dies.

Settings
The setting of the story takes place in Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A in 1864
Conflicts
The conflicts in the story was how were they going to survive during the war . Like food wise and how they were going to keep the soldiers out. Also how they would help the family member who were sick. Seeing if any of the slaves would leave them . Making sure that the soldiers would not come and burn down there homes and eat all of there food and take there valuable goods like gold sliver and jewelry and take over there home ( which they did). Coping with death which was a lot of.
Plot
The first page someone dies, which was Emma's brother Cole Simpson he died of an pneumonia. Emma remembers the past. How Christmas will never be the same how ever thing won't be the same . She as a imagine her and her family look out from there pouch and the swarm of family members coming to visit and how her bother and Emma would be so eager to see what gifts they had .The next time she writes in her diary it new years she makes a new years resolution that she would help her mother more and that all the other resolutions she had were childish . After new years she had a new thing that she wanted to start again ,she what to start reading again she starts to read the story withering heights with her mother she said that reading the story took her away from the troubles of war. Soon she said that her diary was her true friend that she can express her thoughts and feels and that no one can see her dairy so she could write anything she was feeling at that point and time . Emma is now wondering if she is presentable enough for a boy .She doesn't think she was ugly or anything she said she mainly wanted to know. Now she finally realizes how happy she was until the war besieged her land.
Again she wonders is a boy would ever like her she would talk and talk about marriage with her cousin Rachel . She was visiting her Aunt Caroline and Cousin Rachel to she there new baby Elizabeth and to see how there were coping after Uncle Benjamin's death. That's when she met Taliaferro Mills
Or just Tally they talk for a long time about the war ,books, education, and etc. Finally Cousin Rachel pulled her away and ask her why was she talking to him for so long she said she preferred silly conversations after others. Later when the war began Tally join the army and would write letters to her any chance he got. This times were starting to worsen because her mother has the fever so Emma had to talk her place . By teach the slaves the bible.
She said it was a bit difficult but there was at least one slave who was really listening Dinah Iris daughter paid attention she really listen to Emma well. Emma's mothers illness was getting worse. Doctor Harris just told here to get some rest and that she need a lot of quiet . A day later Aunt Caroline Cousin Rachel and baby Elizabeth came. They came because oh the state of affairs in Richmond but Emma think there just coming to visit there mom because she is sick . There is news now that some of the slaves are going t o join the Yankees and also there has been many cases of small pox in her area maybe I'm making this to long ok let me shorten it . Her mother gets really sick and dies and Aunt Caroline try's to take her place and does a good job at it . Later people start noticing changes in Rachel's behavior she is acting angrier .Mrs. Broyles comes to live with them . She came because they Yankees invaded her house and made it into a hospital for the Yankees. Mrs. Broyles also brings Lilly and Lucy . Lilly becomes sick from scarlet fever but quickly recovers. Later Mrs. Broyles get sick and Lucy is at her side . Then Baby Elizabeth is sick and later dies .Rachel is as grumpy as ever and her slaves have finally run away .Then it Christmas again and she remembers eve thing that has happen and wonder when the war will be over.
My Thoughts
The book was ok . I find that the book was trying to be like Anne frank 's diary which was one of my favorites books I would recommended it thought to historical fictional lover but overall its an ok book .
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