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What effects does war have on men Leo Tolstoy writer of War and Peace addresses this issue He uses some of his own views to show how the effects of war change people through the course of a day Tolstoys center message is that human love trust and everyday family ties are life-enduring values Pierre and Andrei see the battle in very different ways Their views of war change as the war progresses Prince Andrei a Russian soldier reflects on his life the day before the war During the war he realizes that there are more important things in life Pierre a count of Russia is there to observe the war from a distance His curiosity puts him in the middle of the battle and the prospective of war changes to himPrince Andrei a regiment commander thinks about the battle that is going to happen the next day and realizes this battle will be the most terrible of battles in which he has taken part Knowing this he reflects on things that have happened earlier in his life Tolstoy uses realism to develop his characters Any person in this situation would reflect on his or her life Andrei talks about the things that have occupied or tormented him in his life He thinks to himself Yes yes there they are those false images which agitated enthralled and tormented me Nelson 256 The central issues he is talking about are his love for a woman the death of his father and the invasion of Russia The death of his father is the reason he feels the way he does about war The death of anyones parents would make him or her feels some sort of rage The French invaded Russia under Napoleon and they swept the countryside killing any and everyone in the way Andreis father happened to be one of those individuals and this enraged Andrei with hatred against the French Andrei talks about chivalry
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