Professor Sean Farrell
April 26, 2000
Effects of War
What effects does war have on men? Leo Tolstoy, writer of War and Peace, addresses this issue. He uses some of his own views to show how the effects of war change people through the course of a day. Tolstoy’s center message is that human love, trust, and everyday family ties are life-enduring values. Pierre and Andrei see the battle in very different ways. Their views of war change as the war progresses. Prince Andrei, a Russian soldier, reflects on his life the day before the war. During the war he realizes that there are more important things in life. Pierre, a count of Russia, is there to observe the war from a distance. His curiosity puts him in the middle of the battle, and the prospective of war changes to him.
Prince Andrei, a regiment commander, thinks about the battle that is going to happen the next day and realizes this battle will be the most terrible of battles in which he has taken part. Knowing this, he reflects on things that have happened earlier in his life. Tolstoy uses realism to develop his characters. Any person in this situation would reflect on his or her life. Andrei talks about the things that have occupied or tormented him in his life. He thinks to himself, “Yes, yes, there they are those false images which agitated, enthralled, and tormented me” (Nelson 256). The central issues he is talking about are his love for a woman, the death of his father, and the invasion of Russia. The death of his father is the reason he feels the way he does about war. The death of anyone’s parents would make him or her feels some sort of rage. The French invaded Russia under Napoleon, and they swept the countryside killing any and everyone in the way. Andrei’s father happened to be one of those individuals, and this enraged Andrei with hatred against the French. Andrei talks about chivalry and how it does not belong in war. War is ...