Readers' notes: Private Peaceful - Telegraph
14 quotes from Private Peaceful: 'Being his real brother I could feel I live in his shadows, but I tags: brotherhood, brothers, charlie, comfort, love, private, tommo. Can you name the Private Peaceful Quotations? of family loyalty and love is too strong for him to resent Molly and Charlie's relationship. Author Michael Morpurgo (pictured) was wandering through the stillness of a First World War cemetery in Belgium when he came across a.
Michael and his wife Clare established the charity Farms for City Children and were both awarded MBEs in recognition of their services to youth through this organisation. 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?
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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? 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.
Private Peaceful Quotes
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?
I have the bravest brother in the world. Then Charlie would be there beside me, and everything would be all right again. Charlie always made things all right again. Both of them being older than me, Molly by two years, Charlie by three, they always ran faster than I did.
I seem to have spent much of my life watching them racing ahead of me… […] When they got too far ahead I sometimes felt they wanted to be without me. I remember the day Molly dared Charlie to take off all his clothes, and to my amazement he did.
Then she did, and they ran shrieking and bare-bottomed into the water.
Private Peaceful Quotes by Michael Morpurgo
Charlie and I never said our prayers at all any more, not since Sunday school, but we did now. Charlie could have left me there. He never has been. The plaits were gone, and somehow that changed the whole look of her. She had a different beauty now, a beauty that at once stirred in me a new and deeper love. That was the first time in my life I was ever really jealous of Charlie. I could see that she and Charlie lived in another world now.
Then one day down by the brook, I turned and saw them walking away from me through the water meadows holding hands. As I watched them I felt a sudden ache in my heart. I always found hope in that. All through my last year at school I was their go-between postman.
I never showed her I minded, but I did. That has always been my trouble. Things were changing between us. I was so filled with anger and resentment towards him… p73 In the next room slept the two people I most loved in all the world who, in finding each other, had deserted me. We never argued, not really; perhaps it was because neither of us wanted to hurt the other. We both knew enough hurt had been done already… p93 I thought […] how Molly would admire me, might even love me, if I joined up… p97 I said I was 16 in a couple of weeks and as tall as he was, that all I had to do was shave and talk deeper and I could easily be taken for I was going to fight in the war with Charlie.
Nothing and no one could stop me now. Maybe I just want him to have this adventure without me. I would do all I could to stop him and to protect the people I loved. On the rifle range he proved to be far and way the best shot in th company.
He was not a big man, but he had eyes of steel that bore into us, and a lashing snarl in his voice that terrified us.
- Readers' notes: Private Peaceful
Charlie just would not give Hanley the satisfaction of playing his game… p