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General Analysis The Wars By Timothy Findley War is a fact of life As long as there are humans there will be war In past times for a man to go to war it was viewed as romantic and heroic But these ideas have faded and vanished throughout the course of the 20th century War can be horrific like a bad nightmare and can easily break the human spirit which is not a t all fragile In his novel The Wars Timothy Findley develops the idea that war in and of itself is meaningless unjustified and irrational The Wars is a story told by means of a fictional historic research document The plot is pieced together from different accounts and recollections from a handful of different fictional people The effect of this technique is that the author cannot include his own opinions or emotions and all accounts are viewed as straightforward retold facts This forces the reader to make their own assumptions and form better opinions of the unfolding plot It is a technique that is more mentally stimulating to the reader Moreover it causes a greater immersion in the plot using intense imagery Robert Ross is a sensitive solitary 19-year old man who has had a somewhat difficult past He goes to fight in World War 1 as an escape hoping to change his life and improve himself However the series of events that he experiences are able to accomplish nothing more than to confuse him and cause him physical and mental anguish In training Robert begins a process of self-discovery At first he feels like he can be anything that he wants He wanted no attachments yet What he wanted was a model Someone who could teach him by example how to kill Robert had never aimed a gun at anything It was a foreign state of mind So what he wanted was someone else who had
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