Wars By Timothy Findley Essay Research Paper — страница 3

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factors that initiates Robert to join the army; because he could never forgive himself for his sister’s death. Robert felt that is was his fault because he had not been there that day looking out for Rowena as he usually did. He felt this guilt eating him inside for the rest of his life from that day forward. Robert reflects on specific moments they spent together through out The Wars. Robert? Yes, Rowena? Will you stay with me forever? Yes Rowena. Can the rabbit stay forever, too? Yes Rowena. This was forever. Now the rabbits had to be killed (Findley, 17) Robert is never able to forget this conversation because of the fact that he broke this promise by not being there when she fell. This changed Robert’s entire perspective on life and his assigned role. He no longer

appeared to have feelings anymore but no one knew how much remorse he felt inside. This could have been another reason for joining the war so that he could just go away and everyone would either forget about what he did and be proud of it in the end for being so brave. In a sense, a large part of Robert died that day along with his sister. While attending Rowena’s funeral, Robert saw a soldier standing there, he envied this man so much because after this day he could just walk away and leave all of this behind. This is what Robert wanted to do and it turned out to be the worst way to run away from all his problems. Rowena’s death constantly put stress on Robert, as we can see it hits him the hardest in the trenches or when he is in the battle field. Everything reminded him of

his sister. One example was when Robert looked under Rodwell’s bunk, "Robert looked. There was a whole row of cages. Rowena. Robert closed his eyes (Findley, 95). As one is able to identify Rowena was the first and only thing on his mind. Even the color white would remind him of her because he could associate so many things since she was always dressed in white, her rabbits were white, and her coffin was white. All these memories haunted Robert more and more each day of his life. Findley suggest that in the latter part of The Wars that Robert is becoming mentally unstable. At times he can no longer function as a dedicated soldier or an average human being. It is quite ironic that after Rowena’s death, Robert wanted to join the army where death loomed on every horizon. If

Rowena had still been alive Robert probably would not have ever enlisted in the army. In the structure of Robert and Rowena’s relationship, the author is attempting to reveal that Robert, more than anyone else in the novel, is able to look past Rowena’s physical deformity and see her inner beauty. In Robert’s burning of Rowena’s portrait "not out of anger but as an act of charity" (Findley, 195), the author is revealing that Robert respects Rowena and does not want her to be subjected to the cruelty of war. It also suggests that the image of the person Robert was when he knew Rowena no longer fits into his lifestyle during the war. Findley uses Robert’s difficulty in dealing with his sister’s death to reveal his sensitivity and his feelings of guilt. This is

also witnessed in Robert’s disappointment in the deaths of many animals as well as the German soldier in the novel.. Robert Ross and his father, Tom Ross, carry out a healthy father-son relationship throughout the novel. Robert is proud of his father and regards him as one of his role models in life. Tom is proud of his son and is loving towards him. Although their personalities do in some ways differ, there is still a strong male bond between Robert and his father. The personalities of both Robert and his father vary. Tom Ross is a strong and hard-nosed on the outside but only shows his sensitivity when needed and has control over his emotions, whereas Robert is strong but is more sensitive and can not control his emotions as well as his father. An example of Robert’s

inability to control his emotions is after the death of Rowena. Robert is asked to kill Rowena’s rabbits but cannot because of how much they meant to Rowena and him, so Tom hires Teddy Budge to do it. Robert ends up attacking Teddy and gets severely beaten. One example of Tom’s sensitivity and control is after they were notified that Robert was missing in action. Mrs. Ross was in a sense of disarray and Tom was able to comfort her, "Mr. Ross held her and rocked her from side to side. The house began to darken. They sat there, silently singing. Finally, she slept" (Findley, 205). Although Robert and his father do have some personal characteristic differences, there are many instances in the novel that show not only how proud they are of each other but also some