Love In Timothy Findley's 'The Wars'

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Love Is the Only Way to Heal At the beginning of The Wars, Timothy Findley cited that “[i]n such dangerous things as wars the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst” (2). It is true that making mistakes in the wars is dangerous; however, the “spirit of benevolence” is never the worst. In fact, love is the best thing in life for ever, especially when life is full of darkness and violence. The whole novel is pitched in a minor key since the wars are happening everywhere and everyone falls because of his or her own weakness. For instance, Rowena falls from her chair and dies; Mrs. Ross falls because of her habit of alcoholism; Robert falls in the trap of fire and so on. Once involved in wars, whether it is a war in a family or between countries, people either confront it or die. The wars always come with violence, and the violence only brings wounds, no matter physically…show more content…
He used to be an innocent 19-year-old boy who cannot even kill the rabbits; then he wants a model who can teach him “how to kill” when he “ha[s] never aimed a gun at anything” (24). Afterwards he kills a horse with his gun for the first time and “[sinks] to his knees” (60). Until he fires at a German but could not even believe that he indeed kills the German with the gun in his hand. At last, Robert shoots Captain Leather “between his eyes” (184) because Leather stopped Robert and Devlin from saving the horses and even shot Devlin. As Peter Klovan asserts, “[the] killing [of Leather] involves Robert in a terrible contradiction—in the very act of defying violence he himself commits a murder”(67). Robert is the one who resists violence the most, and his nature of love for animals makes him feel torment whenever he has to use his gun to kill someone alive. He suffers even more by killing than being abused or

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