The Theme Of Death In The Wars By Timothy Findley

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A true reality that one cannot escape is death. It is inevitable it happens to those that we love most a family member, a family pet, a neighbour without a warning they are ripped away and one is left to cope with this brutal reality. However, no matter how brutal this reality maybe it can never prepare one for the emotions or emptiness that one feels. In novel The Wars by Timothy Findley, the author captivates the how death of a love one can affect how one will determine the rest of their life through the protagonist Robert Ross. As he has to copes with the death of his dearly beloved sister Rowena, the guilt and loss of hope causes him to make decision’s that takes his life. Therefore, the novel The Wars by Timothy Findley the death of…show more content…
Death became an everyday reality “always, they were shelled or bombed. In places the ditches were literally piled with corpses and carcasses to a height above the level of road” (Findley 198). Robert could no longer feel the human emotions of the effects of death like he had when Rowena died. This shows how Robert humanity is disintegrating and he now lacks the human emotions of death. The war further desensitizes Robert because they are killing people that are ordinary human being‘s that have family themselves. When Robert explains “Do you see that man right there with the blue scarf round his neck...? and then describe how you had seen him before on a previous occasion. It gave the war meaning if you knew that the men who took your fire (and returned it wore blue scarves or had grey mittens like your own.”(Findley 91-92). Robert is again desensitizes because he alienates him self from feeling the guilt for his violent actions during the war. Not only has Robert failed to forget about Rowena’s death he now looses his humanity as well but not…show more content…
As Robert was beginning to hang onto himself throughout the absurdities of the war through his bonds with other soldiers who become the same people who deceived him. Robert had to experience the most dehumanizing event of rape he realizes that “His assailants, who he’d thought were crazies, had been his fellow officers. Maybe even his brother officers “(Findley 193). Knowing that the people who raped him could have been the same people he developed bonds with and gave his life meaning was the final act that caused him to give up on the life. In reaction Robert had to burn away any signs of hope which was his Rowena’s picture. “everything was their – including the picture of Rowena. Robert burned it in the middle of the floor. This was not an act of anger – but an act of charity”(Findley 195). Robert wanted to show to his sister that her legacy of her survival that symbolized hope could no longer live on because it was like insulting her. Robert felt like their was no more hope left in the world the few people that were important to him all died and the men that he trusted betrayed him so by saving Rowena’s picture it was an insult to her legacy, so he had to burn it so she would not be mocked. Now Robert had reached his final peek of hopelessness in
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