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Everyone is faced with struggles in life whether physical or emotional These strugglesinevitably shape an individuals personality and outlook on life Timothy Findleys novels TheWars and Stones suggest that the consequences of struggles in life result in a journey of self-discovery War exists in the characters physical and psychological accounts of the horror oflife In the novel The Wars Robert Ross actually goes to war and fights in World War I In thenovel Stones Minna Joyce encounters a war in her life as a child trying to survive on the streets These physical encounters with war lead to a psychological change in the characters and theirperception of living Robert and Minnas experiences make them want to escape and helpothers overcome the terrible war in their own lives Furthermore experiencing these strugglesleads to the characters ultimate realization and self-discovery of life and of themselves Thehorrors of war which Robert endures are instrumental in his psychological change Minnasexperiences in life in death and her internal struggles lead her on a journey of self-discoveryIn the novel The Wars Robert Ross is a sensitive nineteen year old boy who experiencesfirst-hand the horrors of battle as a Canadian Soldier in the First World War Being named aLieutenant shortly after arriving in Europe Robert is thrust into combat While advancing to thefront with his troops Robert witnesses his first images of the brutality of war He was taking his troops to the front and they were walking along a road that had been shelled and there was a soldier lying dead by the road whose head had been smashed It was an awful shock The first dead man hed seen The Wars 99Robert has not yet experienced anything that
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