The Death Of Robert Ross’ Innocence The outcomes of war can sometimes be even worse that the fight itself. Psychological trauma that comes as a result of the events in war changes and forms a person. War is experienced physically and mentally, forcing soldiers to question basic values and beliefs. Timothy Findley’s The Wars portrays the theme of the destruction of innocence through various physical and psychological traumas. Early death of a sibling, sexual encounters, and the horrors of war, are traumas that the protagonist Robert Ross is forced to face. These traumas contribute to a significant change in Robert’s character and mental health. He battles with various anxieties, symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and both mental and …show more content…
He lost his sense of reason and replaces it with impulse that will benefit him during the war. The action is not compatible to the man that he was during the beginning of the war. The action opposes the struggle of killing the horse in the ship. It shows Robert’s mature character and mentality, although his reaction is the same. The shot replays in his mind just as he replays his sister’s fall, when he slaughters the horse. Robert is once again filled with guilt, hopelessness, and wants to quickly escape the situation. The weakening mental health that Robert has, begins to become a madness as he continues to act on impulse. The final event that destroys Robert Ross’ innocence and faith in humanity, is the sexual assault he experiences. His fellow soldiers place him in an unfortunate situation, that wounds him psychologically to an extreme in which he is unable to see the good in people anymore. Rape is a violation to Robert’s rights and self. He is confused on the motive of his aggressors, he sees it as pure madness and desire. Robert fights alongside these men, yet they still willingly take advantage of him. He loses all hope on humanity, even the people he is fighting with are evil and …show more content…
An article from The Health Reference Center Academic states that not only is sexually assaults more likely to occur to men in the military, men are less likely to get help because of the lack of resources available ("Men Find Sexual Assault As Traumatizing As Women Do."). During the time the occurrence of the First World War, rape was not considered something as significant and was not brought up to attention. There were no help centers, hot lines, or many resources available to help the victims of assault, especially for men. Robert's assault lead him to spiral into a depression, in which he no longer believes anything innocent should stay in such a corrupt world. He burns the last reminder he has of his sister Rowena. She is the only thing that stays innocent. Rowena is a symbol of purity and sanity, and it should not belong in a place that is the opposite. The traumas that Robert experiences psychologically and physically cause him to become numb to the world around him. He was no longer able to enjoy simple pleasure like embraces from friends, he is destructive and paranoid. The trauma of the war changes Robert’s character and leads him to a mental
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Robert’s father was a very intimidating man who yelled and otherwise verbally abused his son. He grew up a very skinny and shy child, never making friends. In his teen years Robert was even more of a recluse and could not talk to girls at his high school. He had a very bad stutter and therefor would get very nervous talking to girls.
Thus, at this point Robert endures in a “supreme ordeal”; facing the possibility of death. Towards the end of Roberts journey he meets with Marian Turner, where he is seen both burned and hopeless, practically on his death bed. Having to see Robert in such a condition, Marine Tuner offers him death, in order for him to replenish all of his sufferings. “I’d given him some morphine […] I kept some aside for Robert Ross” (Findley, 194). He then answers by saying “Not yet”
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Cruelty, finding the pain and suffering of another to be pleasurable, an aspect of human of nature few admit to having yet despite the negative effects, it is also what comes to define a person in crucial moments for its a source of motivation as well as a way to reveal a person’s true intent. As unfortunate as it is, cruelty is a crucial function of society itself and allows the characters of Caleb's Crossing to develop on a much deeper level. Throughout Caleb's crossing, Geraldine Brooks uses cruelty as a key motivator in Bethia's decisions on where she stands regarding both the settler and native conflict as well as her personal view on the various beliefs being presented. In the beginning -as most foreign people taking over another's land would-
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This takes away some resilience from Robert, where he is unable to recover from the scene he witnessed inside the brothel. The ultimate scene out of all sexual acts is where Robert was violated in the cell. This experience strips Robert from both his dignity and privacy and the moment where he felt the greatest shame, where he couldn’t possible recover from such
Characterization Robert Ross: Robert Ross was a Canadian soldier. He was sensitive and a caring young man. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross. He joined the army for the world war because he could not forgive himself for the death of his sister, Rowena. He was a brave and intelligent soldier.
Having been fascinated with Gil-Martin’s personality Robert began to be close friends with the young man; he completely ignored the outrageous tasks that he was told to carry out. This was the start of a fierce downfall for Robert. This friendship brought about and led to the rest of his bad decisions. These decisions then
Erich Maria Remarque was a man who had lived through the terrors of war, serving since he was eighteen. His first-hand experience shines through the text in his famous war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which tells the life of young Paul Bäumer as he serves during World War 1. The book was, and still is, praised to be universal. The blatant show of brutality, and the characters’ questioning of politics and their own self often reaches into the hearts of the readers, regardless of who or where they are. Brutality and images of war are abundant in this book, giving the story a feeling of reality.
The novella Generals Die in Bed was written by Charles Yale Harrison who was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. Harrison fought in World War 1 with the Canadian army and later became a writer in New York City. Generals Die in Bed is a fictional novella based on Harrison’s personal experience with the army that mostly takes place in France from the early part of the war until 1918. The story follows a private throughout his time on active duty that offers a brutally honest depiction of the war trenches during World War 1. As the novella progresses, we gradually see the narrator’s growing hatred for war.
Society peer pressure is pressure put in a member of a group by the larger group to act and behaver a certainly way. Men have the role of being the rough guy, that’s the role society has gave them. In times of war men are expected to fight and kill the enemy’s without feeling any sympathy. In The Wars, Robert Ross enlisted himself in World War I, but because of his sensibility over living things he couldn’t become what society planned for him. The Wars by Timothy Findley questions how we understand the word.
The characters are both similar in Speaking of Courage and “Soldier’s Home” in the way that both characters are having trouble dealing with the aftermath of the war. When the characters return home to their hometown they find it hard to express their feelings because they seem to have no one to talk to or are just unable to do so by communicating in words. They therefore get a feeling of being stuck in the war and are unable to let go which causes emotional issues with themselves and others. In Speaking of Courage, Norman Bowker returns home after the war.
Readers do not see Robert as the antagonist at first because his actions toward Margot, who is the protagonist of the story, at the beginning of the story are described as charming and caring. For example, he “offered Margot to buy her some Red Vines to sustain her” when Margot complained she had no food to eat (Roupenian 1). Throughout the story, he showed signs of being the antagonist. He shows how controlling he is by pushing Margot come to 7-Eleven with him by texting her, “No, I’m serious, stop fooling around and come now (Roupenian 1).” Robert’s bedroom described Robert as an unusual and menacing person.
As the story goes along, Robert is told by different perspectives about him by his mother in part two. During this section of the story, the mother talks about Robert many years later after his death. She talks about how smart he was and how he had a presence of maturity for his age. She states how “Oh even as a child, you know—at a time I was almost afraid to trust the rest of you out of my sight—I could depend on Robert.” (851).
Though I can't make out the girl's expression, Carlton's face is twisted and grimacing, the cords of his neck pulled tight. I had never thought the experience might be painful. I watch, trying to learn.” (Cunningham 233). This quote helps us visualize how Robert interprets seeing his brother’s sexual encounter.