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Timothy Findley embeds different but complimentary tones throughout this passage taken from The Wars.

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Timothy Findley embeds different but complimentary tones throughout this passage taken from The Wars. The passage described Robert's journey through the prairies and his different encounters. By using different literary techniques such as figurative devices and extensive diction, readers can detect a somber sense of longing while at the same time share the innocence and confusion that confronted Robert. The author's effective use of diction displays not only the invisible force that is pulling these soldiers away but also the numbness that is inside their mind. Verbs such as 'tearing', 'pushing' and 'stuttering' conveys how the train is rapidly transporting them through the prairie, not letting any stoppage to admire the beautiful scenery that 'heralded' them. The only encounter with another human beings was silent and motionless, every soldiers 'was frozen in there place'. They did not know what to do. They were stupefies at this sight. The author's also enhances the confusion which occurs in these characters by emphasizing on the repetition of certain words. ...read more.


'Blasting red" versus "Gentle awning". "Comforting shapes" versus 'pall of smoke'. These conflicting portrayals of the town reflects all the changes that are taking place during the war. They confuse Robert's innocent mind. They blemish his perfect memory of his hometown. Findley achieved his objective of bringing readers into the story by using third person. However, the author uses limited omniscient so the reader are only restricted to Robert's perspectives. We are lead inside Robert's head. We can feel what he feels, see what he sees and question what he questions. "Why should the Indians not be greeted standing by the railroad track?" "What had happened here?" "Where, in this dark, was the world he'd know and where was he being talking to so fast that there wasn't even time to stop?" What? Why? Where? As Robert asks himself these questions, we ask ourselves as well. Except we know the answer while he does not. Therefore, we can very well sense his ingenuity and confusion. ...read more.


There were no feeling or thoughts delivered. Emotionless. Only Robert "wanted everyone to raise an arm in greeting", only he innocently "wondered why should the Indians not be greeted". Along with a background setting of snow and wind, this reflects a sense of sadness resulting from desensitization. The whole description of scenery as the train transverse across the prairies was fit in to one complex sentence with occasional pause of using commas. This suggest the swift movement and corresponds to Robert's question at the end: "where was he being taken so fast there wasn't even time to stop?" The author's continuous use of dashes serves the purpose of giving out more information and providing the interruptions needed to enhance the overall feeling of confusion and numbness. The author establishes the slight sense of sadness along with innocence and confusion throughout this passage via illustrious use of diction, elaborate details and divergent syntax. By these means, he have successfully achieved the intention of engaging the readers into the story and make us see, smell, feel and think like the characters within the story. As a result, we are left thoughtfully fascinate, educated, entertained. ...read more.

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