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The Essay task is to explore how Tommo and Charlie's relationship develops over the course of the novel. Why does Tommo believe he lives in Charlie's glow ?. An examination of the relationship between brothers Tommo and Charlie in Michael Morpurgo's 'Private Peaceful.' Introduction. • Name of text and author. Tommo and Charlie's early life is dominated by Grandma Wolf and the Colonel. How does Michael Morpurgo make us dislike these characters?.
Plot[ edit ] The tale is of a young man named Thomas "Tommo" Peaceful, who tells the story in account format from the past to the present day events of his experiences. His eldest brother, "Big Joe", has learning difficulties due to brain damage at birth, and is always looking out for by his younger brothers.
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The earlier part of the story tells of his life as a boy, prior to the Great War; the tale of his love for Molly — a beautiful girl he had a lot of feelings for, whom he met on his first day at school and grew to love besottedly — and Charlie Peaceful; Tommo's brother who is older than him, but younger than Joe. The trio had grown up together; their mischievous adventures included braving the beastly "Grandma Wolf" the boys' great-aunt -also referred to as the Wolfwoman to their mother's despair and skinny-dipping, the latter leaving a large impression on Tommo.
They had also seen an aeroplane together — the first people in their village to do so. Charlie, being older than Tommo, had always protected and looked out for his younger brother.
Readers' notes: Private Peaceful
Also, he and Molly become closer as they are both older than Tommo, while Tommo begins to be left out. Later, it is revealed that Molly and Charlie were secretly seeing each other and that Molly had become pregnant with Charlie's baby. Tommo became extremely heartbroken after the couple rushed to get married a short time later in the village church before Tommo and Charlie were forced to go to Belgium to fight in World War I.
All through this time, Tommo recorded his feelings in the novel. The rest of the story describes the brothers' experiences of the war: During a charge of the German lines, Charlie disobeys a direct order from Sergeant Hanley and stays with Tommo while he is injured on No-man's-land. They live on a farm in Devon. As the hour draws later and later, Tommo recounts the story of his life, beginning with his childhood in the English countryside and ending with the horrors of life in the trenches, where a pointless waste of human life is called heroism and shell-shock is called cowardice.
Meanwhile, an unknown fate awaits in the morning, getting closer and closer as the clock carries on ticking. Throughout his young life, Tommo has been repeatedly let down by adults: But through it all, Tommo has relied on the support and help of his beloved brother Charlie. The question is, how much longer can Charlie help him? Private Peaceful's story is moving, shocking and life-affirming, a celebration of life's pleasures as well as a condemnation of the pointless barbarity of war.
It is also a gripping tale of suspense: Does he manage to? And how does Charlie change as he grows older? Do you think Tommo changes, too? The title of the book could refer to Tommo or Charlie.
Which do you think is more likely? Tommo convinces Molly to let him enlist by saying he needs to look after Charlie, who is "always getting himself into nasty scrapes". What other reasons do you think Tommo might have for enlisting? Tommo and Charlie's early life is dominated by Grandma Wolf and the Colonel.
How does Michael Morpurgo make us dislike these characters? What differences are there between the Colonel and Sergeant Hanley, do you think? Tommo's mother reacts very differently from Charlie to the Colonel and Grandma Wolf?
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What are the dangers and consequences of Charlie's response to people in authority? Who do you like best, Charlie or Tommo? The countryside On page 35 Tommo tells us that "there's a mouse in here with me". The presence of the mouse on the front line reminds us that we are seeing two versions of countryside in Private Peaceful - one unspoilt and one ravaged by war.
How else does the author link the countryside of England with the countryside of the Western Front? Can you see differences and similarities between the two places?
What has happened to the steeple on page 87? Can you remember where else we see a steeple and what does Joe believe is at the top of it? If you do know, what might the "broken promise" on page 87 refer to? We see birds, especially crows, throughout the book.
Can you see the significance of birds? The presence of birds can mean different things. On page 61 Tommo talks about seeing larks on the front. Why do you think the image of the crow differs from the image of the lark? What do you associate with crows? The passage of time How do the clock times before every chapter make you feel?
Running throughout Private Peaceful is a sense of something bad about to happen.