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Timothy Findley 's The Wars

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Timothy Findley’s The Wars portrays the effects of war on soldiers in battle, as well as the members of family and friends that suffer from loss and insanity. As each character over the progression of the story is exposed to change, the character’s ability to adapt has a significant correlation with their survival, those that can quickly adapt to survive can manage to get by. Soldiers must be able to suppress the extreme stress on the battlefield. Those that cannot overcome these challenges do not survive in war. Murder is quickly pushed out of a soldiers mind, killing others in effort to protect their own life or the life of others around them. Findley demonstrates how war can negatively alter a person’s behaviour. This is seen through…show more content…
Ross’s seclusion from the rest of her family. Findley writes, “All she wanted was to sit in the corner of the room and watch the door for Robert’s return” (Findley 69). Findley depicts the effects on everyone in society, such as how a parent loses their child to war, and how society conforms to the changes of war.
War is constant in human history. War is a continually reoccurring conflict over time. It spans different locations over varying different circumstances, whereas the effects of war remain the same. Insanity, madness, loss of innocence, seclusion, anguish, violence, and decreasing mental health are all by-products of war. Findley accurately depicts these cases through the use of his many characters. Robert’s exposure to violence leaves him in a fragile state. His behaviour can be seen as increasingly violent and shows his decreasing mental health. This declining mental health may be due to his lack of sleep. “Sleep was dangerous. No matter what your mind said, your body doesn’t listen. Part of you always stayed awake. Nobody dreams on a battlefield. There isn’t any sleep that long” (Findley 93). Highlighted throughout many examples, Robert portrays symptoms of what is known today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Findley states, “His temper, you know, was terrible. Once when he thought he was alone and unobserved I saw him firing his gun in the woods at a young tree. Other times he would throw things or break them on the
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