Hi my name is Timothy Findley, the author of the fiction novel, “The Wars.” I was born in Toronto Ontario on the 30thof November 1930. I am so honoured to be here. Accepting the Governor General’s award for literature. I still can’t believe it myself that I would see such a day in my life. My journey has been very rough and I could have never done it on my own. Firstly, I would like to thank my parents, my mother, Margaret Maude Bull and my father, Allan Gilmour Findley, who is a stockbroker. I would like to thank my parents for not just giving birth to me, but also for taking care of me and help fulfill my dreams. I would also like to thank my domestic partner, Bill Whitehead, who is a writer that collaborated with me on several projects.
Conflicts are like bad habits. Everybody runs into at least one but not everyone does something about them. Conflicts are all kinds of bad but solving them helps out much more in the long run. All bad things have a solution and should be fixed. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell Rainsford runs into man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus self conflicts.
“Never that which is shall die.” This quote appears in the beginning of The Wars quoted by Euripes. This phrase means that once something exists, it never really dies. In the novel by Timothy Findley, the quote strongly relates to the main character Robert. As the story continues on, Robert starts off with innocence and despite all the terrible things he does throughout the book, his innocence and kindness never really dies, it will always be present. In Timothy Findley’s novel, The Wars, he uses symbolism and character development to suggest; that despite how hard one may try to change themselves, they will never be happy, they should only be content to stay as themselves and not try to be like others. Initially, Robert Ross is a great protector of innocence. As the story progresses, he tries hard to become a war hero in order to gain redemption but fails in the process. By the end, Robert
Throughout The Wars, Timothy Findley utilizes multiple points of view to emphasize that the concepts of the war and Robert’s character were both hard to grasp. Findley’s narrative techniques show that the war manipulated and affected those involved in different ways. Moreover, the novel challenges its readers to dissect who Robert Ross was through their own judgements. Most notably, this was done through the unbiased presentation of photographs and the archivist’s research, which focused on exhibiting details about the Ross family. Also, the account of Lady Juliet d’Orsey provided a perspective that developed the reader’s overall understanding of Robert and the effects of the war away from the battlefield. Comparatively, Marian Turner’s transcripts (at the beginning and end of the novel) play a major role in uncovering the reader’s final judgement of Robert Ross. Altogether, the first, second, and third person narrative styles in the book entail that the truth of Findley’s main character is elusive and meant to be scrutinized. In using multiple voices to tell his story, the author is able to illustrate how war can eclipse, confuse, and complicate already difficult matters. This is clearly seen with the circumstances of Rowena’s death at the beginning of the novel.
This story ‘Tomorrow when the War began,’ by John Marsden is about Australia being invaded by another country. Due to this invasion a character Ellie and her friends become isolated from their families in Wirrawee. The group of teenagers are imposed to discover their hidden strengths and learn important values and lessons about the real world they live in. These values and lessons begin with gaining courage and strength, learning how to fend for themselves when they come to a point where there is just them to fight for their country.
It is sometimes difficult for individuals to settle the discrepancy between truth and illusion, and consequently they drive others away, by shutting down. Mrs. Ross, in The Wars by Timothy Findley, is seen as brittle while she is attending church, and cannot deal with the cruel reality of the war and therefore segregates herself from the truth by blacking it out. As a result, she loses her eyesight, and never gets to solve the clash between her awareness of reality and the actuality of the world. She hides behind a veil, and her glasses to distance herself from reality. Mrs. Davenport has to wheel her around in Rowena’s chair to keep her awake, so she doesn’t harbour up subconscious feeling within her dreams, which she is unable to deal with.
Not letting your child go to college is not letting them have a chance to have a life. This relates to a girl named Heather and her father in the The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Heather was in a business with her father that she was forced to work in. When her family and her were sitting at the dinner table, she was talking about how she was going to college and her dad interrupted her saying that she’s not going to college and she is perfectly fine in the business that she is in not going anywhere. I don’t think that Heather’s dad has good attitude towards her. He thinks wrong and I everyone should have the right to get an education. Some people still have this kind of attitude today. I think Heather’s Father did this because he is
In The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell “You 're a big game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?" said Rainsford. Some people think that they are in higher rank. Other meaning they think they are masters and other people are slaves. So they don’t care how the other feel, they only think about satisfied themselves and gratification their needs. They never think that one day they might be in the same place of the others. Also in this story Rainsford’s first impression about the general was that the man was singularly handsome, he found bizarre quality about the general 's face. However, the general as the story was malefactor. Humans shouldn’t be selfish, and they should think about others, how they feel and not
Just as Ira Claffey paid attention to small details like plants, the author made sure to go into detail when it came to the horrors of the camp to show how truly dedicated some people were to the war. Others were numb when inhumane things happened. Some prisoners relied on memories to cope. Whenever a new prisoner would be introduced, they usually had a lot of flashback memories of families, or boyhood, life before the war that they were confined in. I think this connects largely to how Ira Claffey copes presently because he used to be a soldier in the Mexican American war. I believe that the author is using Claffey as one of the possible images of how soldiers post-war will try and manage with everything that has occurred. That in turn affects the country as a whole. How is something that became so violent and separated going to go about become united again, after both sides have been so devastated? He knows the destruction it can bring and always reflects on it when he’s alone. One instance was on his birthday as he thought, “Fifty years stuffed with woe and work and dreams and peril” (Kantor 9). He did not like to think about the war when around his wife and daughter but it was
The short stories, ‘The Things They Carried’ and ‘How to Tell a True War Story’ by Tim O’Brien are stories about the Vietnam War. ‘The Things They Carried’ concerns a platoon of soldiers while in Vietnam. ‘How to Tell a True War Story’ is an imaginary portrayal of one of the storyteller’s encounters in the Vietnam War. The stories advise the reader that it is important for the stomach to believe in the truth of the story. This calls for careful analysis of why reader has to come away with visceral writing to understand the stories. Each recollection is inflated until the factual version arises that viscerally influences the author and even the readers.
“This is true” is repeated throughout Tim O’Brien’s Narrative Nonfiction short story “How To Tell a True War Story” with even the title being ambiguous in itself and readers get the opportunity to walk in the shoes of the each person with a war story. The structure of the story starts off with Rat writing a letter to his dead friend meanwhile showing an example of how to tell a true war story. O’Brien states “If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth; if you don’t care for the truth, watch how you vote.” ( O’Brien 67). Throughout the story, multiple testimonies (snapshots) were told by the narrator making the story more credible since the narrator is not an actual character within the story, therefore being unable to create
Being bought by Legree marked a significant civil turning point in Tom’s life because he experienced a remarkable shift in Tom’s masters’ moral treatment toward him.. For example, before Tom was bought by Legree he was under the ownership of Mr. Shelby and St. Clare. Both characters treated Tom kindly and with trust. Mr. Shelby displays his trust for Tom by letting, “him go to Cincinnati, to do business… and bring home five hundred dollars,” (Stowe, 1852, p. 43). Master Shelby also says, “I’ve trusted him, since then, with everything I have, - money, house, horses, - and let him come and go round the country; and I always found him true and square in everything,” (Stowe, 1852, p. 42). Mr. Shelby trusted Tom with his whole heart and was convinced that he was a
In “Field Trip,” O’Brien relives a war-time experience. What causes this account to differ so greatly from previous ones, however, is the fact that O’Brien revisits this experience in person rather than through his writing. O’Brien visits the site of Kiowa’s death with his daughter Kathleen who, expectedly, does not appreciate the setting. By visiting this site, O’Brien faces the guilt and horror he faced during the war head-on. He claims that he blamed this site “for what [he] had become, and [he] blamed it for taking away the person [he] had once been” (O’Brien 176). Visiting this site and burying Kiowa’s moccasins served as a way to cleanse himself of the horrors he faced and continued to hold on to twenty years after the end of the war.
Blake Mycoskie is the founder of the shoe brand Toms. He was born August 26, 1976, in Arlington Texas. He attended James Martin High School, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and got his undergraduate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Before becoming a famous entrepreneur he was know for being an actor and director of The Amazing Race (2001), Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (2013) and No Polo Widow (2008). He then created the shoe Toms this shoe idea was created in 2006, when a pair is sold a pair is then given to a child in need of a pair of shoes in a foreign country. The name TOMS stands for “Shoes for a Better Tomorrow, which then eventually became “Tomorrow’s Shoes.”
Fear: it can keep a person up all night. When mathematician Tom Jericho first cracks the Nazi shark code, he returns home a legend. Jericho can see nothing but blue skies until the unthinkable happens, the Nazis change their code. Now, fueled by fear of failure, and the loss for the allied forces that failure may represent, he must return to his post at Bletchley Park to decipher shark a second time. In the novel Enigma, the author uses Jericho’s character to emphasize the true stress and horror inherent in working for the allied forces during the second World War.