One’s courage can be found in their capability to keep their beliefs regardless of any obstacles. In doing so, it shows the mental strength of one. In the novel The Wars by Timothy Findley, Robert Ross characterizes his courage by keeping confidence with his beliefs in betrayal, depression and disaster that he endures over the span of the novel. Multiple moments through Robert’s life in the novel, the people that were nearer to him, while he attempted to adhere to his goals, betrayed him. When Rowena died, he felt that he was unsuccessful in his obligation, he wanted to replace it by enlisting in the armed force.
Expecting support from his folks, his mom disagrees referring to herself as a stranger and telling him to go to hell. Adding to that, Cpt. Taffler deceived him as well, despite the fact that he didn’t notice it, he set him up as a good example to copy, however once he discovered that he was a gay, he didn’t see the individuals he gazed up to in war the same anymore.
“He picked up a boot and held it in his hand. Its weight alarmed him and the texture of its leather skin appalled him with its human feel. He through the boot across the room and shattered the mirror (Findley, 45).” Robert was also deceived by his own fondness for others. By keeping confidence with his beliefs, he exited himself to the passionate scarring that was caused by the loss of all his great companions.
Through depression, Robert makes sure he keeps up with his standards, which demonstrates exactly how solid his purpose is. In depression, Robert took his psyche off his issues by busying himself. After losing Rowena, he joins the armed force to supplant dealing with Rowena, by dealing with other people.
When Harris dies, Robert busies himself by playing out the last rituals over his great companion. “This is not a military funeral. This is just a burial at sea. May we all remove our caps? (Findley, 107)” And when Robert is assaulted in the shower house, he sees himself attempting to secure Rowena. He then burns her pictures to rid her from the world. Robert doesnt do this act out of anger but rather kindness. This shows that even through hopelessness, Robert still manages to grip his beliefs.
Now facing disaster, Robert figures out how to maintain his beliefs. While Robert and his men were stuck in the crater, Robert figures out a way for his mem to escape. When he thought the German reached for a weapon, Robert shoots and kills him. This mistake will always be with him. A bird then sung a sound that would haunt him till he died. In another event where Robert tries to free the horses, he gets caught in a burning barn.
He ends up free with burns, although he still cared for the animals more than he cared for himself “Robert was heard to say with great clarity: ‘The dog. The dog.’ And then he lost consciousness. (Findley, 185)” Put aside the fact that he almost faced death, and the result from freeing the horses, when he is offered an exit from life and pain, he declines the offer.
“‘I will help you if you want me to.’ He replied: ‘Not yet.’ (Findley, 190)” In conclusion, throughout Roberts life he faces numerous hardships through betrayal, despair and tragedy. And through all these challenges, he still manages to stick to his beliefs strongly, which makes him a courageous.