It is said that a man’s courage is found in his capacity to keep his goals regardless of what life throws at him. In doing so it shows that you are mentally strong. In the novel The Wars written by Timothy Findley, Robert Ross characterizes his courage by keeping confidence with his beliefs in spite of the betrayal, depression and disaster he endures over the span of The Wars by Timothy Findley. Multiple times through Robert’s life, each one of those whom he thought were near him, while he attempted to adhere to his goals, betrayed him. Losing Rowena, Robert felt fizzled at his obligation and he want to make up for it by joining the armed force. Expecting adoration and support from his folks, his mom disagrees. “I know what you want to do. I know you want to go away and be a soldier. Well you can go to hell. I’m just another stranger (Findley, 28).” Taffler additionally deceived Robert, despite the fact that he didn’t notice it. Robert set him up as a good example to imitate amid the war, however once he discovered that he was a gay, Robert’s goals of individuals he gazes upward to in war were pounded. “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).” At long last, Robert was deceived by his own affection for others. By keeping confidence with his goals, he exited himself open to the passionate scarring that was caused by the loss of all his great companions. He was sold out by his love for Rowena, Harris and also Rodwell. Through sadness, Robert drives himself to keep with his standards, which demonstrates exactly how solid his purpose is. At the point when Robert was in despair, he took his psyche off his issues by keeping himself occupied. In the wake of losing Rowena, Robert chooses to join the armed force to supplant dealing with Rowena, by dealing with the human condition. Later when Robert loses Harris, he 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)” Later when Robert is assaulted in the shower house, he finds that he is as yet attempting to secure Rowena. He does this by burning her photos to expel her from this inhuman world. “Robert sat on the mutilated mattress and opened his kit bag… This was not an act of anger – but an act of charity. (Findley, 172)” This shows that even through hopelessness, Robert still manages to stick to his ideals. Now facing tragedy, Robert figures out how to maintain his ideals. while Robert and his men were stuck in the hole, Robert figures out a way for his mem to escape. When he fears being assaulted, he rapidly shoots the German who is watching them. This mistake will always be with him. “The sound of it would haunt him to the day he died. (Findley, 130)” Not long after that, when Robert tries to free the horses, he gets caught in a burning barn. Not long from that point forward, when Robert tries to free the horses from the burning barn he gets trapped in it. In the end they manage to free him with burns, although he still cares more for the sake of the animals over his own. “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 to take it when it is offered by Marian Turner. “‘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 ideals strongly, which in return makes him a hero.