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ENG Pres:The Wars Seminar
Transcript of ENG Pres:The Wars Seminar
Main Ideas/ Setting
Critical Approaches Analysis
Discussion Questions Major Themes Loss of Innocence Simone Wallace
Apinaya Arulampalam The Wars
By: Timothy Findley
Book 5: Chapters 1-8 Main Ideas/ Setting "Robert sat on the mutilated mattress and opened his kit bag. Everything was there - including the picture of Rowena. Robert burned it in the middle of the floor. This was not an act of anger - but an act of charity" (Findley, 177-178). Character Analysis Robert Ross:
was raped, at Desole mental institution
he went back to war, where he met Captain Leather
he gave Robert strict orders not to go to the barn to save the animals
delivered Robert's kit bag
delivered the bad news that Bonycastle died
helped Robert flee the horses
ended up getting shot by Captain Leather Plot Outline Literary Devices Narrative POV Critical Approaches Analysis Any Questions?? Thank You! Waterloo Station Missing Kit bag He goes to Desole He was raped by his fellow soldiers The picture of Rowena Germans attack by plane Robert desires to save the animals Both Devlin and C. Leather are shot We are going to split the class into two sections
We will go out into the pod with our chairs
In the pod we need to form two circles. A inside circle and an outside circle
Everyone stands in front of their chairs and when the music begins you will walk around the chairs (right)
When the music stops you sit in a seat. Whoever is left standing (2 people) need to answer the discussion question in the most depth
•The winner will get a small prize but both must sit out
Then we will repeat until there is only two people left Four Elements: Fire Change/ Maturity Musical Chairs!! What does this image represent innocence What theme do you think is this? What theme is next? Although to some it may be worth nothing, but to others it's worth more than just something. Change. After Robert is raped he performs this act, “Robert sat on the mutilated mattress and opened his kit bag. Everything was there—including the picture of Rowena. Robert burned it in the middle of the floor. This was not an act of anger—-but an act of charity” (Findley, 178). No more innocence left in the world because he is surrounded by war
He has lost all his innocence through his negative experiences Fire is shown in this section in multiple representations, but the burning of the barn was the last one, “The barns were a heap of burning rubble…All the horses and mules were either dead or were dying” (Findley, 184). The last event of major destruction in Robert's life
The last things that he had to hold onto were the animals Robert feels that if an animal had caused this chaos, it would have been killed, “If an animal had done this—-we would call it mad and shoot it,’ and at that precise moment Captain Leather rose to his knees and began to struggle to his feet. Robert shot him between the eyes” (Findley, 184). It takes guts to shoot someone and feel absolutely nothing
Robert has matured through the things that has happened to him in his life “...asking that the kit bag come on after him as soon as they located it. It was strangely disconcerting to have lost it. He felt as if he’d left his face behind in a mirror and the Webley in a stranger’s hand“ (Findley 165). “The towel was suddenly yanked from his hand and he stood there naked and defenseless. He put his hand down to cover his scrotum, which suddenly felt as if it were going to be hit. …he could barely breathe. The dark was terrible and seemed to invade his brain” (Findley 174). “He stood there where the gate had been and thought: ‘If an animal had done this-- we would call it mad and shoot it,’ and that was the precise moment Captain Leather rose to his knees and began to struggle to his feet. Robert shot him between the eyes” (Findley, 184). Rowena's picture was his memories of her
There is no more innocence in the world like how it was when she was alive
Robert's opinion of the world has changed His gun was his protection and the way that he knew how to keep order
While he is in war he feels the need to have his pistol with him at all times War has drained him from the liveliness that he used to have
Robert is trapped inside the cell like an animal while he is raped by his fellow soldiers He shows his love for the animals
Robert has finally found his own voice Unreliable Narrator Symbolism Motif Bildungsroman There is a constant change in the POVs to create a better understanding and a picture for the readers
told through third person
makes readers think who is the narrator
told through third person as well
some parts are Robert's thoughts
like the narrator knows his deepest thoughts
"Robert wished with all his heart that men could embrace" (Findley, 177).
Robert is raped by men
Instead of the usual female being the victim of rape
Females would be traumatized
Robert sort of accepted it and moved on Psychoanalytic Criticism
the super-ego is the ethical part of the mind
he felt that saving the animals would be the right thing to do
the id strives to fulfill desires
Robert desired to save the animals
the ego is the mediator
his super-ego and his id were so close
he decided to save the animals anyways "Robert dropped the wooden slotted window into its gutter and rolled up his sleeve and let the rain beat down against his arm and his face. The air was filled with a sharp electric smell and Robert was briefly gentled back to the screened-in porch at Jackson's point..." (Findley, 166).
reoccurring theme in the novel are the four elements
water symbolizes purification and cleansing
the rain was cleansing him of all the bad
air symbolizes mental abilities
the air filled his mind with memories of his past "When he awoke there was an old white dog at his feet and he shared his rations with it" (Findley, 166).
white symbolizes peace, purity, goodness, innocence
Robert feels that he could share his thoughts with the dog “Robert sat on the mutilated mattress and opened his kit bag. Everything was there—including the picture of Rowena. Robert burned it in the middle of the floor. This was not an act of anger—but an act of charity” (Findley, 178).
protagonist, Robert, is initiated into adulthood through his experiences
false view of the world to the correct view
he realizes that innocence does not exist anymore
develops as a character “He could see himself now—-pale in the aureole of the candlelight in the mirror. It was a shock. He seemed like a fugitive. His beard and the shadows round the sockets made him look like an old, old man. He smiled. He thought he would seem himself like a god in the glass—and there he was: a scarecrow” (Findley, 174).
Findley's views on war seen through the events that occur in Robert's life
This makes the novel biased Work Cited "Color Psychology - White." Psychology - Complete Guide to Psychology for Students, Educators & Enthusiasts. Web. 10 Nov. 2012. http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_white.htm
Findley, Timothy. The Wars. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2005. Print.
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