The Wars

The Wars

by

Timothy Findley

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Lieutenant Bonnycastle Character Analysis

One of the soldiers, along with Devlin, whom Robert Ross and Levitt relieve of their position in the dugout at St. Eloi. He argues with Levitt over Clausewitz on War and with Robert over the guns that were left in No Man’s Land after the Battle of St. Eloi. When Willie Poole comes to Asile Desolé to deliver Robert his kit bag, he delivers the news that Bonnycastle has been killed.
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Lieutenant Bonnycastle Character Timeline in The Wars

The timeline below shows where the character Lieutenant Bonnycastle appears in The Wars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 7
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
Robert and Levitt relieve two other men, Devlin and Bonnycastle, from their position in the dugout. Devlin, who dreams of owning an antique shop, shows... (full context)
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...his knapsack full of food and cigarettes to share with the other men. Devlin and Bonnycastle are delighted. They ask Levitt what he has in his sack, teasing him when they... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...the dugout, which is well-furnished, “civilized,” and “proper” compared to most. Over dinner, Levitt insults Bonnycastle by quoting Clausewitz’s suggestion that the artillery is absurd. Rodwell defuses the tension by changing... (full context)
Part 3
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
...Levitt goes mad and sits immobilized with his books piled up on his knees. Devlin, Bonnycastle, and Roots make forays from Wytsbrouk, and Robert and Bonnycastle fight in confusion over the... (full context)
Blame, Revenge, and Justice Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...finally makes an appearance, commanding Robert, Levitt, Poole, and Devlin to return to Wytsbrouk while Bonnycastle and Roots stay with the men. He says that it is a pity Robert lost... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 5
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
...to stay for a moment. They have an awkward conversation and Poole tells him that Bonnycastle died but that the other men from their dugout are fine. (full context)