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The Wars Many people say that the metal of a man is found in his ability to keep his ideals in spite of anything that life can through at you If a man is found to have done these things he can be called a hero Through a lifelong need to accept responsibility for all living things Robert Ross defines his heroism by keeping faith with his ideals despite the betrayal despair and tragedy he suffers throughout the course of The Wars by Timothy Findley Many times throughout Roberts life all those whom he thought were close to him while he tried stick to his ideals had betrayed him When Robert lost Rowena he felt that he had failed at his duty and he feels he must make up for it by joining the army Expecting love and support from his parents his mother verbally slaps him in the face I know what you want to do I know you want to go away and be a soldier Well you can go to hell Im just another stranger p28 Captain Taffler also betrayed Robert even though he didnt realize it Robert set him up as a role model to emulate during the war but once he found out that he was a homosexual Roberts ideals of people he looks up to in war were crushed He picked up a boot and held it in his hand Its weight alarmed him and the texture of its leather skin appalled him with its human feel He through the boot across the room and shattered the mirror p45 Finally Robert was betrayed by his own love for others By keeping faith with his ideals he left himself open to the emotional scarring that was caused by the loss of all his good friends He was betrayed by his love for Rowena his love for Harris and also his love for Rodwell Through despair Robert forces himself
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