The Wednesday Wars

by

Gary Schmidt

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Doug Swieteck's Brother Character Analysis

Doug Swieteck's brother is, according to Holling, part of "the penitentiary crowd." An eighth grader, Doug's brother has already been arrested several times and spent a night in jail. He hates school and does whatever he can to get out of going, including pretending to be insane following a concussion. Holling finds him malicious and terrifying, which has to do as much with Doug's brother's size as it does with the fact that he does, at times, target Holling maliciously. Holling never divulges Doug Swieteck's brother's real name.

Doug Swieteck's Brother Quotes in The Wednesday Wars

The The Wednesday Wars quotes below are all either spoken by Doug Swieteck's Brother or refer to Doug Swieteck's Brother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Wednesday Wars published in 2007.
January Quotes

Doug wouldn't tell us what he said when he saw the pictures and the can of yellow paint. All I know is that he wouldn't help, and so took a black eye […] Whatever it means to be a friend, taking a black eye for someone has to be in it.

Related Characters: Holling Hoodhood (speaker), Doug Swieteck, Doug Swieteck's Brother
Page Number: 103
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Doug Swieteck's Brother Character Timeline in The Wednesday Wars

The timeline below shows where the character Doug Swieteck's Brother appears in The Wednesday Wars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
September
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...Baker recruited an eighth grader to torment him. He fears she might have roped in Doug Swieteck's brother , who has already been arrested several times. Holling tries to read in the classroom,... (full context)
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Holling takes his position on the field, and Doug Swieteck's brother explains that Holling will play defense, which means he has to try to stop him.... (full context)
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...Island and remembers that he should have guts. He runs towards the goal, and when Doug Swieteck's brother is nearly on top of him, he steps away and trips him. Doug's brother's head... (full context)
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...Holling figures is the "disappointment of a failed assassination plot." The PA system announces that Doug Swieteck's brother will be back after ten days. Mrs. Baker teaches her students how to diagram sentences... (full context)
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...Mrs. Baker looks victorious. He decides she probably called the police on him for tripping Doug Swieteck's brother . Holling walks to Mr. Guareschi's office. The general belief among students at the school... (full context)
October
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By this time, Doug Swieteck's brother still isn't in school. Doug shares why: his brother enjoyed his ten days of medical... (full context)
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..."failed assassination plot," as the "would-be assassins" now leave him alone after what happened to Doug Swieteck's brother . As Holling runs out the door, Mrs. Baker calls him back in and asks... (full context)
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That night, Holling dreams that Doug Swieteck's brother is Shylock, and they're in a courtroom with their other classmates. Mrs. Baker is the... (full context)
November
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...decides to slip Caliban curses more naturally into conversation. He curses at his sad lunch, Doug Swieteck's brother , and the smell of the boys' restroom. In Geography, Mr. Petrelli introduces a project... (full context)
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...berates the students to run faster, Holling calls him a “pied ninny” under his breath. Doug Swieteck's brother hears and asks Holling what it means. Holling fumbles before saying that it means someone... (full context)
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...worse, Mr. Guareschi comes into Mrs. Baker's room and asks what "pied ninny" means, since Doug Swieteck's brother is in his office after calling a teacher a pied ninny. On Wednesday, Holling's classmates... (full context)
December
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...at Holling. Holling thinks her smile looks just the same way it did before the Doug Swieteck's brother assassination attempt. (full context)
January
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When Holling returns to school, he discovers his mother was wrong: Doug Swieteck's brother saw it and, apparently, experienced a "flash of inspiration and ambition," just like Macbeth did... (full context)
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...on Macbeth. Mr. Vendleri tears most of the photos down by the next morning, but Doug Swieteck's brother has a seemingly unending supply. When Holling gets home on Tuesday, Heather nabs him at... (full context)
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...to disaster, and malice is small and petty compared to love. Holling notes that what Doug Swieteck's brother did isn't small or petty, but Mrs. Baker insists it's just a wonderful photo of... (full context)
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..."ski," especially since there are no cars out. As Holling approaches the school, he sees Doug Swieteck's brother waiting for buses so he can grab the bumper and let the buses pull him... (full context)
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Holling sees Doug Swieteck's brother riding the bus bumpers again. Something snaps in Holling as he watches, and when he... (full context)
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...to the bathroom to escape his soggy underwear, but upon entering the bathroom, he finds Doug Swieteck's brother and other eighth grade boys smoking. One says, "that's him," and Doug's brother asks Holling... (full context)
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...Holling, even when he raises his hand. When school ends, Holling suspiciously looks around for Doug Swieteck's brother and enjoys the cold air. He heads out past the buses, which are struggling to... (full context)
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...next due to the snow falling so hard. When he reaches the corner, he finds Doug Swieteck's brother and the penitentiary crowd, all holding huge yellow snowballs. Suddenly, a school bus struggling for... (full context)
April
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...unknown reasons. On her first day, she greets all the students and even stares down Doug Swieteck's brother . At the same time, President Johnson announces that he's not going to seek another... (full context)