Style Elements- "Canadian Fiction of the Great War" - Eric Thompson Elements of Timothy Findley writing style: The Wars is "firmly in the tradition of the genre of Great War Canadian novels." ÃÂ· It has characteristics of descriptions of battles and great love affairs in England ÃÂ· However, The Wars has more form then it's predecessors, through its close depiction of Robert Ross's heroism in the midst of the war.
"Externally, the characterization seems typical of the genre, we follow Robert through his initial training to his experience at the front, and his growing hatred and fear of warÃ¢ÂÂ¦the reality is different" because the reader is able to see how Findley probes Robert's inner life more then other heroes of Canadian War novels.
The strength of the novel comes from Findley's "inspiration and craftsmanship in bringing the story to life." He does this by using the narrator as the archivist and interpreter who reconstructs the age of troubled people and to create Robert's character.
Findley's way of writing permits the reader to interpret the ideas, "to see the deeper significance of human life" during the war.
Men who actually fight during the war will tell specific facts when recalling war stories.
Novelists, however, emphasize individual "fictional" experiences. This allows for the reader to see the human responses to the war in which concern the author. In Findley's case it is: - The naivetÃÂ© of the citizen soldier - Shock of combat on foreign soil - Way soldiers cope with personal conflicts and dilemmas The author shows war as "the remorseless enemy of human hopes." It is the product of human hatred, "the greatest antagonist which the soldier protagonist has to confront, and seek to conquer." Findley's main character Robert and his representation of other men during the war:...