Explain the motif of Greek tragedy the tragic circle in The Wars. Provide detailed analysis and specific evidence from the novel.

The motif of Greek tragedy and the tragic cycle appear in Findley's The Wars as the novel's main character, Robert Ross, goes through the stages of hubris, ate, and nemesis.

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To respond to this task regarding Timothy Findley's The Wars, identify the stages of the tragic cycle and relate them to the events that occur in the novel.

First, note that in Greek tragedy, the basic stages of the tragic cycle include hubris, ate, and nemesis. Hubris represents the moment when the main protagonist exhibits an excessive amount of pride. Ate is the stage when the main protagonist fails to heed to warning signs. And nemesis occurs at the end of the cycle and represents the decline or downfall of the main protagonist.

Second, when linking the stages of the tragic cycle to events that occur in the novel, think carefully about how Robert exhibits excessive pride as a soldier? It is evident that Robert's penchant for violence changes as the novel progresses. He transforms from a young man who detests violence to a young man who glorifies it. How does Robert's glorification of violence blind him to signs of his impending demise?

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