Wars By Timothy Findley Essay Research Paper — страница 4
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similarities between the two of them. One example of Tom’s commitment to his son was when Robert wished to run around the block twenty-six times, no one fully supported him except his father. Robert failed and fainted on the 25th lap but his father was there to support him. Tom came up every evening after work and sat in Robert’s darkened room and talked to him and told him stories. None of the stories had to do with running. These were tales of voyages and ships and how to ride a horse. This was the binding of the father to the son (Findley, 48). This bonding helped Tom remember his days of youth and how he had attempted something similar "the word spread out around him like a gift" (Findley, 48). The best example that Findley shows of the bond between Robert and his father is at the train yard in Montreal. Upon leaving for boot camp Robert though that he would not see his father until he had finished his tour of duty. When Robert saw his father it revealed his pride and love for him, "the sight of his farther had lifted his spirits immeasurably. And the feel of his father’s hand on his arm had brought back into a world he’d thought he’d lost" (Findley, 50). Before this reencounter with his father, Robert had the mind of a soldier and had forgotten the enjoyment of his home and his family. What Timothy Findley is trying to reveal in the novel is that a father-son relationship is not only an important factor in family but also in life. There are many instances in the novel where both Robert and his father feel that they have lost touch with each other, but they always regain their contact. In war, it is often the letters and love from family and friends that keeps the soldier going. By exploring Robert Ross’ relationships with his family member one is able to understand and interpret Robert’s actions and emotions. Thus, when trying to find the peices of the puzzle that links Robert’s family together, one finds the growth of Roberts’ personality. Furthermore, Timothy Findley enables the reader to examine the influential aspects of Mrs. Ross, Rowena and Mr. Ross towards the self development of Robert’s identity.