This is essentially a post-modern text. How is the stucture of the novel significant to the context and meaning?
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Findley is considered a postmodern writer, because his work takes a different often-unique look at traditionally conceived notions of history, war, and genre. The Wars is as much concerned with the monotonous daily lives of men in the trenches as it is concerned with life altering moments in the heat of battle. He also explores war from outside the human experience. The animals, for example, come to symbolize both innocence and the relationship of human beings to the natural world. Against the larger context of war, these animals become victims of the fighting. As a result the natural world is destroyed as well as the man-made world. Robert sees the animals as innocent bystanders in a campaign of human arrogance and madness. The rabbits that belonged to Rowena, in particular, reflect an innocence and purity that Robert feels has been extinguished by the war.