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In the wars, Robert Rose is a very significant character.

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The Wars In the wars, Robert Rose is a very significant character. He is determinate, brave and intelligent. He is a person who has a clear mind during the wartime. He understands life and meaning of life better than other soldiers in the war. As a man, he is always fighting for what he believes is true. He is that kind of person who does whatever he likes. He loves running. In fact, he loves everything that is challenging. He prefers to fight with some one powerful. However, he is selfish and arrogant. He could not ever stand others discriminations and criticizes. He has a great sense of leadership, but he could hardly accept others�� opinion. He is very determinate and sensitive. Both of these personalities are his strength and weakness. His determination helps him to survive in the battlefield, but pushes him to keep going when he should stop. His sensitivity makes him a good leader and a pleasure comrade, but also pushes him into the deepest position ever in his life. He could chase behind an animal for such a long time without any strange feelings. Just like Taffler, he gets into violent homosexual behavior as well. Timothy Findley pieced The Wars together much like a puzzle. When piecing together a puzzle it is crucial to first find the corner pieces. As when trying to understand the novel it is necessary to realize what the most important aspects are. Each separate corner holds together and is linked to another part. Therefore, to understand the pieces of the puzzle it is vital to analyze Robert��s relationship with his mother, his sister and his father. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to reveal the strengths and weaknesses in these relationships and the meanings Timothy Findley is trying to proclaim. To best understand Robert's relationship with his mother Mrs. Ross, one must look at their relationship from the perspective of Mrs. ...read more.


By killing the rabbits it will help him get over the guilt that he feels about his sister's death. RAM page twenty-five This is showing how Robert is growing stronger. RABBITS page twenty-five The rabbits are symbolic for Rowena and how unfair it is that the rabbits are alive and she is not. HORSES page twenty-eight The horses were used for training in the military. COYOTE page twenty-nine The coyote is a dangerous animal and Robert runs with it despite the element of danger. SQUIRRELS page thirty The squirrel is food for a coyote. RABBITS page thirty The coyote preys on small animals and the rabbit and squirrel are small shows innocence. COYOTE page thirty A coyote is a wild animal. GOPHERS page thirty The gophers appeared to be insignificant. OWLS page thirty The owl was a food for the coyote. COYOTE page thirty-one We see a gentle side of the coyote. PONY page thirty-one Again we see a patriotic part of the pony. Monotonous work being done by countries. INSECT page thirty-two The coyote snapped at the passing insect, it was a nuisance. DOG page thirty-two We see this wild beast as if it were a kind, gentle pet. COYOTE page thirty-two The coyote notices Robert and wags its tail. We see the kind part of this wild animal yet again. HORSES page thirty-two Through the horses Robert meets Eugene Taffler and the two become friends. HORSES page thirty-three The horses are being brought in to be trained for the war. DOG page thirty-three The dog is symbolic for the enemy, the dog catches their smell and begins to sound vicious. HORSE page thirty-four The horses escaped and it was Robert's job to gather them and bring them back, when in fact Robert himself wanted to escape. DOG page thirty-five The dog is symbolic for companionship. RATTLESNAKES page thirty-five The snake is symbolic for evil. ...read more.


It is quite ironic that after Rowena's death, Robert wanted to join the army where death loomed on every horizon . If Rowena had still been alive Robert probably would have never enlisted in the army and his life would of been quite good but he can not go back and change things or live in the past and this is what made his life even worse off Title posted by Nimrodel on 4/6 3:03 AM The title refers to te multiple conflicts (wars) that take place throughout the novel. First of all, WWI, of course. Another huge one is Ross' struggle with humanity in the context of the war. The contrast between characters such as Rodwell and someone like Captain Leather or Taffler hilights this conflict, and Robert is caught in the middle. His more animal side can be seen in many situations, such as the run with the coyote. One instance in which Robert really struggles with humanity is in the crater with the German soldier, when he kills him. he realizes too late that the soldier presented no threat-he was simply reaching for his field glasses. Another "war" in the novel is with Mrs. Ross and Robert. Although she clearly states that despite giving him life, she cannot control and influence his life, that she is not connected to him. Yet throughout the novel, she mirrors Robert's experiences, seeking out storms and the elements, as he is involved with all of the elements. Another one is Robert's struggle with sexual encounters-they are continually portrayed as violent affairs and in Lousetown he struggles with his ability to perform; in short, he doesn't make it to the room. Something else that Robert struggles with is what to do with his hands after Rowena dies. Instead of being on her chair, he has to find something else to do with them. There are many references to hands (and my book is at school, so I can't quote unfortunately), but he puts them in his pockets or looks at them. ...read more.

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