As the book goes on, Paul starts to overcome his fears by confronting Erik and Arthur. He overame the fears that dominated his life. For once Paul wasn’t afriad, instead showing courage and bravery. Others might dissagree and say that Paul reveals fear because on it says “... I felt afraid for the first time, afriad that we might all get sucked down and drwon in the mud”, Even if Paul was sacred, he forgot about that and saved multipul kids from the sinkhile in this quote, “My glasses were so caked with mud that I couold no longer se anything clearly.
When traveling from place to place in time and to those horrible memories of the Dresden bombing, Billy accepts and acknowledges the war trauma. For the first time, he exposes emotion of sadness. The epigraph “ The cattle are lowing, The baby awakes,/but little lord Jesus/ no crying he make,” Portrays’ how Billy does not show off his pain but cries in silence similarly to baby Jesus from this epitaph. When older in age and after recovering from the Vermont plane crash, he decides to go to New York and “ gets [got] on an all-night radio program devoted to talk. He tells [told] about have come unstuck in time,” (25).
At the beginning of the novel, Paul is Fearful.For example on page 42 Paul says “I’m afraid,” Paul is very terrified. For instance in the beginning of the book, Mr. Fisher states “ Erik’s down at the other end. And you have two guest rooms in between. You guys should never hear each other,” (5) to Paul. This shows that Paul is afraid of Erik and that he wants nothing to do with him because he is afraid.
Paul went from a wimpy, Troubled and Anxious little boy to a Brilliant, Cool, and Fearless boy. Paul changed seriously that he finally told the police what happened to Luis and that Arthur and Erik were the cause of it. Paul’s went from scared and afraid of Erik to standing up to Erik,his “Goons”, and His terrible and Violent
Page 263 talks about Paul’s memory of losing his eyesight and why it happened. Apparently, Vincent and Erik had spray painted something on a gray wall and all the kids knew who did it, but no one told the adults. Somehow their parents found out and Vincent was in trouble. Believing it was Paul, Erik decided to “punish” him. On pages 263-264, the novel says,
He will probably never set foot again. But mom would never understand that. For Joey, our house may as well be covered with canvas and bound by ropes, because it’s filled with poison.” (Bloor 145) Erik’s choice has obviously made some impact on Paul’s friendship with
Buck loved him so much that he saved John from drowning in a river, killed a man who started a fight, and won a $1,600 bet for him. However, as strong as Buck’s love was for John Thornton, his call to the wild was stronger. This led Buck on an adventure for many days deep into the woods with a newly befriended timber wolf. When he eventually returned home, he had found that Indians had killed all the dogs and people. Enraged, Buck went on a killing spree, driving back the Yeehat Indians.
Paul experiences this deep sorrow and depression because he feels that he has been completely robbed of his sentiment. Furthermore, Paul feels that because of war’s ability to manipulate his feelings into becoming almost static, he has no choice but to have self control and bottle up his emotions. This emphasizes the fact that war causes pain by twisting a soldiers emotions so they fall into a deep despair and begin to crumble, until eventually they are left with nothing but a skeleton of what they once were. Moreover, In the same conversation with his mother, Paul wishes to be taken back in time so he can escape the anguish he currently feels: “Ah! Mother, Mother!
According to psychoanalyst Carl Jung who understood universal patterns and images to be derived from our psychic existence, including thought patterns, dreams and arts. The protagonist, Robert Ross in Timothy Findley’s novel The Wars portrays characteristics of the archetypal hero when he undergoes a loss of innocence through the deaths, which propel him into “the underworld”; this is demonstrated as he embarks on a journey to find purpose and which he encounters the existential truth and after he is able to embrace the depths of life, he is then transformed by the experiences and returns back to “the ordinary
He brings his experience from the bombing of Dresden and recalls his encounters during the tragedy. Through the subject of Billy, he describes the aftermath of man’s destructive power through the bombing, “It looked like Dresden after it was fire-bombed-like the surface of the moon” (). From this quote, he paints a true sight of war where nothing is left but dust. He relates this event to emphasize the fact that war is a place of sadness and despair and from Billy’s viewpoint he observes the hurtfulness and all the destructiveness of the world when the city of Dresden gets