The Wars- Effects on Humans

1748 WordsJul 18, 20067 Pages
CHEUNG 1 War has been a constant part of human history. It has greatly affected the lives of people around the world. These effects, however, are extremely detrimental. Soldiers must shoulder extreme stress on the battlefield. Those that cannot mentally overcome these challenges may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sadly, some resort to suicide to escape their insecurities. Soldiers, however, are not the only ones affected by wars; family members also experience mental hardships when their loved ones are sent to war. Timothy Findley accurately portrays the detrimental effects wars have on individuals in his masterpiece The Wars. Findley suggests that war can alter a person's behaviour negatively. Robert Ross, the protagonist of…show more content…
Another example is Captain Taffler. He lost both his arms in the war and was brought to England for treatment. He tried to commit suicide by "rubbing his wounds to make the bleed. The stumps where his arms had been were raw and one of them was pumping blood in spurts across the floor." (Findley 152) Taffler tried to commit suicide so that he could escape from his painful existence. Findley is suggesting that the war drove these men into corners from which they could not escape. Eventually, they decided suicide is their only option left. They could no longer cope with their environment or with themselves. Findley's depiction of suicide is accurate with the real world. Today, suicide among soldiers is a growing problem. According to Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of the Hartford Courant, there is "an increase in the suicide rate among troops serving in Iraq, which reached an all-time high in 2005 when 22 soldiers killed themselves - accounting for nearly one in five of all Army non-combat deaths." Some of the reasons associated with suicide are that some "unstable troops are kept on the front CHEUNG 4 lines while on potent antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, with little or no counseling or medical monitoring." In fact, "service members who committed suicide were experiencing serious psychological problems during deployment."(The Hartford Courant) According to The New Zealand Herald, Douglas Barber, an Iraq veteran,
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