Explore how in his novel The Wars, Findley involves the reader in the process of creating meaning.

In The Wars, Timothy Findley invites the reader to join him in the process of creating meaning from the relics of war. He does this by addressing the reader in the second-person point of view, asking them to pretend as if they are a historian going through artifacts from the protagonist's life.

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In The Wars, author Timothy Findley directly involves the reader in the process of searching for meaning in the history of World War I. He does this by employing the second-person point of view, talking to the reader as if they were a historian researching protagonist Robert Ross.

Findley guides the reader through the steps of historical analysis. He shows the reader letters that Robert wrote to his mother, Mrs. Ross, and encourages them to imagine how anxious she must have been for her son to return from war. He also shows the reader photographs of Robert and explains the significance of his facial expressions and other small details within. Finally, the reader is also privy to interviews with several people who actually knew Robert during their youth.

As Findley and the reader comb through more and more artifacts, it becomes increasingly difficult to create a cohesive narrative about his life. It is clear that many sources are inherently subjective and that the story of war depends on who is telling it. Findley shows the reader that, in terms of war reporting, it is much more productive to create meaning by finding emotional truths than factual ones. In this way, he also hints at the ultimate purposeless of war; the facts and logistics fade with time, and only the pain remains.

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