The Struggles in 'Stones'

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The Struggles in "Stones"

Life is full of struggles and obstacles that all individuals are faced with and must overcome. Whether emotional or physical, experiences and encounters shape a person's personality and point of view on life. People who are put through more difficult situations can become either more grateful, thankful and want to achieve more out of life or they can eventually become depressed and discouraged about their situation in life. Either way, we must all try to overcome the hard events in life and focus on what makes us happy and satisfied. War has the power to destruct people's lives and inflict unnecessary harm on citizens. People become broken and discouraged when seeing their environment destroyed and people they
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For Ben to lay his ashes there, brought his father back to his true self.
Sadness is dominated throughout the whole story. What happened to this family truly is devastating. The author writes with such unhappiness and grief but at the same time, there is so much love and devotion in the way the narrator feels throughout his entire life. The tone is depressing and unhappy with the way innocence was taking from Ben and his family but then again made Ben who he is today. His personality and his dedication made of him a loving man who stood by his father's side. Not many children would take their father's ashes to Dieppe, "Still, this was what my father had wanted - and how could I refuse him?" (Findley 77). Even his own other two children, Cy and Rita, didn't do such a thing; that shows something about Ben.
Symbols of love, loyalty and fondness are present and acknowledged mostly by Ben and his mother. The way Lily, the provider and strength of the family, devotes her time to her husband and tries to hide his awful ways from her children so that they would not see their father behave in such a way. However, this surely must have made her breakdown eventually. Either way, David should feel lucky that he had people that still loved him and stood by him even when he didn't always deserve their devotion.
Clearly, "Stones" is a story of sadness and despair as well as love and loyalty. Family is extremely important to get through the tougher times in life. The struggles

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