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DEAR MR KILMER

THEMES
Responsibility , Courage / being brave
Being kind and concerned and thoughtful
War and its effects, Sacrifice and patriotism
Family love, Having high principles
Discrimination,
Determination and perseverance

MORAL VALUES
1. We must be responsible.
2. We must be kind, concerned and thoughtful.
3. We must be helpful.
4. We must be tolerant to avoid war.
5. We must be protective.
6. We must be fair and objective.
7. We must not discriminate against anyone for
any reason.
8. We must be hardworking and determined.
9. We must be sensitive and compassionate.
10. We must be courageous / brave.
11. We must be patriotic and sacrifice for our
country.
12. We must be determined and persevere to
achieve success.

CHARACTERS AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS


1. Richards father
- Protective, kind, fair
- Unfair and discriminating
- Sensitive and practical
- Understanding
2. Gus Knight
- Obedient and tries to make his father proud
- Brave, hard-hearted and acts fast
- Likes outdoor life and sports, sociable and
popular
- Rude and boastful
3. Richard Knight
- Does not like outdoor life and keeps to himself
- Honest, gentle, sensitive and compassionate,
loves nature
- Concerned, kind and thoughtful
- Strong, brave, fair and believes in his principles
- Helpful, responsible and hardworking
- Knowledgeable, determined to be a famous poet
- Afraid of his father
4. Mrs Hansen
- Richards English teacher
- Responsible and dedicated
- Firm, brave and sticks to her principles
- Thoughtful, kind, fair and determined
5. Mr Kilmer
- Kind, thoughtful and helpful
- Brave, patriotic and selfless
- Sensitive and appreciates nature
6. Hannah Schermer
- Sensitive, easily hurt
- Mature, thoughtful, rational, selfless
7. Johann and Frieda Schermer
- Hannahs father and mother
- Warm, caring and understanding
- Patriotic
- Kind and thoughtful
8. Abner Lewis, Harry Carver, Peggy Mason , Blanche
Freebold
- The troublemakers in the class
- Rude, mean, narrow-minded and unfair

GIVE EVIDENCE FROM THE NOVEL TO SUPPORT YOUR


ANSWER
For example : If we say Richard is concerned, kind and
thoughtful.
Evidence : a) He sympathizes with his sister as she is
always tired. He realizes that she has sacrificed a lot for
them but his father and brother take her for granted.
After their mother died when she was nine, she quit
school and took over the job of a full-time farm woman.
b) When Mrs Hansen wants the class to sign a card to
express regret over what has happened to Hannahs
tavern, the troublemakers refuse to sign it. Richard is
disgusted that they pick on her and her family because
they speak German and sing German songs. He put
himself in Hannahs place and thinks how he would feel
if his family were picked on, so he bravely signs the
card.

c) Since Gus enlisted and left for training, Richard has


not been happy working with his father because he is
silent and bitter. Richard is worried about him and
confides in Angie. He says his father should talk about
his pain and problems, but she thinks their father is
worried about Gus and he is not the talking type.