Wars By Timothy Findley Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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him leaving, hence she directs her anger at him. Mrs. Ross missed her son when he went to war. She started taking long walks. She may have tried this to clear her mind. When Robert started training he would go for long walks at night as well. Perhaps both tried this method to clear their minds of the problems they were facing. Although it may have not worked for Mrs. Ross. She started walking in storms perhaps hoping that the storm would distract her. Furthermore, she began to drink heavily and had to hide herself by wearing large hats with veils, and dark glasses. The novel occasionally breaks form and lets the reader know how the war has affected Roberts’ family primarily his mother. Mrs. Ross drove herself to insanity and drunkenness with each day that Robert was gone. This

is best illustrated whenever Findley focuses on the issue of Mrs. Ross and her "empty glass". Some examples are: Mrs. Ross stared at her empty glass. How long had it been empty? Hours? Minutes? Years? (Findley, 23). Mrs. Ross stood on the landing of the stairs. The bottle fell from her hand. It was empty and it rolled to the bottom step. She gave a final agonizing cry (Findley, 204). Robert constantly wrote to his parents to tell them how things were going. Mrs. Ross kept all these letters in a special place and was found re-reading them often. The most influential section regarding Mrs. Ross was when she and Mister Ross went to see Robert in Montreal before he departed overseas. Mister Ross had tracked his son down so his wife could have one last look at her son.

Nevertheless, when Mrs. Ross had another chance to say goodbye to her son she blew it. Instead of running out to hug her son and say goodbye she was found in the train saloon getting drunk. [Mrs. Ross] went into the salon and sat with her legs tucked beneath one of the pullman chairs and drank a third of a bottle of scotch. When Mister Ross came in and said it was time to go, Mrs. Ross stood up- and fell down. ‘I can’t,’ she said (Findley, 73). All she could do was wave at her son through the window. Mrs. Ross began to lose her mind. She catalogued and memorized all of Robert’s letters. She would write him everyday but usually the letters were indecipherable. Her husband started to wish she would return to them, but she just sat staring, waiting for Robert’s return.

When the word came that Robert was missing in action Mrs. Ross lost it. It is easy to assume that she may have had a nervous breakdown. She had refused help for so long that when she finally asked for it she had gone blind and her voice contained no emotion. Nonetheless, it is possible to assume Roberts’ last attempt to do something right was when he tried to save the horses at the end of the novel. He felt the horses would be killed if he did not try to save them from being sent to the front lines. Therefore, to consider that when Robert tried to save the horses it was exactly like how he had tried to save the rabbits. Timothy Findley could be trying to show the reader how the war not only ruined the lives of the men that fought in the war but how it also destroyed families as

well. Mrs. Ross could not handle the loss of another loved one and Robert could not handle the horrific situations he had gone through. One was never given Mrs. Ross’ first name, and in a sense this kept her at a distance with the reader. Perhaps this is to make the reader believe that her "craziness" could happen to anyone who regretted not showing their love when they had the chance instead of pushing it away. In developing the relationship between Robert and Rowena, Timothy Findley introduces Roberts’ humane and sensitive characteristics. When Robert was young, he mistook Rowena for his mother because he often saw her smiling face peering down onto his crib. To Robert, Rowena was a guardian, but eventually he considered himself her guardian. "When she

smiled, he thought she was his mother. Later, when he came to realize she couldn’t walk and never felt the chair, he became her guardian. It was for her he learned to run" (Findley, 7). Rowena depends on Robert to care for her, as she is unable to do so herself. This provides Robert with a sense of being wanted and a feeling that what he does is beneficial to Rowena. He enjoys being there for her. "The thing was- no one since Rowena had made Robert feel wanted to be with them all the time" (Findley, 104). After, Rowena’s death, Robert was lost within himself. He no longer knew how to behave or what to feel anymore. It was as though he could no longer handle or deal with serious matters or even think clearly. Timothy Findley puts this forward as one of the main