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If you took a sensitive caring person and set them in the midst of a chaotic area what do you think would happen Would these person adapt to this area and live like everyone else or would they become a mental mess unable to cope with what is going on around them This was the theme of the novel The Wars by Timothy Findley that is exactly what happened Findley took a sensitive caring individual Robert Ross and sent him to war Ross became unable to cope with all of the events that were taking place around him and eventually went insane The life that Robert Ross had lived before was nothing compared to what he was experiencing during war When Robert Ross was a child he was the captain of everything a popular and academic student Friends and family loved him and he was the ideal of any boy in the community One would think that Robert would have no problem handling the world he lived in but that would be an inaccurate statement The first sign of trouble was Rowenas death Robert and Rowena were very close as brother and sister losing one another was unbearable for Robert which started a spiral down to the end result insanity Little things like killing Rowenas rabbits could not be done communicating with others was difficult Robert decided he had to get away But for someone as sensitive as Robert Ross war wasnt where he should have gone The chaos and destruction of war and everything he experienced like murders and rape was unbearable for Robert and drove him to the end result of insanity and his death In The Wars Timothy Findley uses an unusual time sequence to present his story It is told from the perspective of an author trying to reconstruct the life of Robert Ross The very first scene is of Robert Ross riding the horses down the tracks around
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