9th October 2012
The Wars – Timothy Findley
Family often has a great influence on the decisions of our lives. Parents often are the greatest external influences that we consider. Similarly in The Wars, Timothy Findley’s main character – Robert Ross’ parents influence his actions throughout the book. Mrs. Ross is portrayed as an adamant woman who is not very expressive of her love towards her children (especially Robert) because of societal norms but a gradual change is seen as the book progresses; On the other hand, Mr. Ross has always been an affectionate man towards his children and remains a constant character throughout the book. Mrs. Ross is Robert's mother who has issues with closeness to people that she truly loves in the novel of Timothy Findley's The Wars. To best understand Robert's relationship with his mother Mrs. Ross, their relationship should be seen from the perspective of Mrs. Ross. She did not show any affection towards Robert when Rowena died even though she knew how Robert felt whereas Mr. Ross was concerned about Robert. Mrs. Ross' decision to burden Robert with this inhuman act, and his failure to do so lead to the most revealing monologue relevant to their relationship: “You think that Rowena belonged to you. Well I’m here to tell you, Robert, no one belongs to anyone…….. I can’t keep anyone alive. Not anymore.” (Page 28). . Robert's relationship with his mother prior to the death of his sister Rowena seems normal in the sense that Mrs. Ross shows her motherly concern for Robert when needed. After the death of Robert's sister Rowena, the Ross family seems to be broken. Family members question whose fault it was that she fell and who should ultimately be held responsible. Robert had been closest to Rowena, and for this reason Mrs. Ross decided that he was to be the one who would take responsibility of killing her rabbits. Mrs. Ross never encouraged Robert to do what he wanted as a child. “He will die,...