Elijah morphine is not within him but when the

Elijah Weesageechak, also known as whiskeyjack was one of the snipers who fought alongside Xavier who were best friends through the novel, Elijah was affected the most out of three characters as he grew a addiction to killing innocents and using drugs due to the war, his identity changed dramatically from the beginning to the end. Elijah would overdose drugs the main drug he would take is morphine a medication but overdose can cause major health problems. When elijah does not take the morphine to help compensate with the problems and mental issues he is having his body breaks down, ” When he’s gone too long without the medicine, he tells me, he becomes fragile and headaches cause him so much pain that death seems a good alternative” (212). Elijah and his character and identity would change as soon as the syringe of morphine is inserted into his veins and distributed throughout his body, in the book it says “When he does not take morphine, he is afraid of the world, and that is not a good feeling”(212), this quote shows his character when the morphine is not within him  but when the morphine is, the novel states ” But when he golden liquid is in his veins! Even at night the world is bathed in soft light. He hears men talking and understands what they are truly saying beneath their words. He can make himself float from his body… he becomes the hunter at these times, the invincible hunter who can lie still for hours, for days, only moving to refuel his body with the medicine,” (212). The war transformed Elijah into a physcopath a relentless killer, during one of Xavier’s and Elijah’s sniping mission they mistake a innocent woman for a enemy soldier. Elijah kills her and his response towards Xaviers anger was ” I am trained not to hesitate in situations of danger”,(306) Elijah’s mindset has gone corrupt as he shows no remorse and also starts killing Canadian soldiers that got in his way.  This devastating war affected Elijah’s mentality negatively which lead to his demise and his change of identity due to the over dosage of morphine in the novel. Xavier Bird, played his role as a sniper in the devastating war, he is a Canadian Cree man who served his part in world war I, Xavier is one of the three character that were affected by the struggle through the many battles physically, mentally and emotionally. Xavier’s emotion were cluttered and chaotic as the warfare had many deaths which would take a toll on Xaviers mentality and thoughts , it affected him to be witnessing the deaths of innocent people who are serving their country and sacrificing themselves. The amount of destruction took a toll on his physicality as Xavier lost his leg during the vimy ridge battle as he is hit by a mortar ” When I first realized Id lost my leg I stared at the wound for days, watched as blood seeped through the white bandage, life leaking out of me in a trickle”(221). When Xavier had lost  his leg his thoughts on war and death were generated, his mentality and physicality came together where the lacerations and wounds and his thinking would create fear of what’s to come. ” Maybe it was then I decided to die. I know that was when i discovered why Elijah loved the morphine and the nurses were generous with it”(221). Xavier Bird served his hard fought and struggling journey throughout the war, witnessing deaths and scars left on Xavier, his identity changed vastly throughout the novel as it became lost as his mentality and physicality were out of their normal state .Niska, the last oji cree woman to live as stated in the novel, Niska’s experiences through the war was tough as she lost her loved ones and had to see her loved ones suffer as she is Xaviers aunt, Niska, during the war fell in love with a Frenchman who had betrayed her. Niska shows a lot of emotions towards her nephew Xavier as he has been battle scarred and wore out, ” Xavier still wont eat anything, I grow a little frustrated with him, but keep it inside. When I look at him and see the pain across his face I remind myself that he suffers in a way I can’t see”.(213) Niska shows her emotions openly, seeing her only family suffering due to the circumstances from the war. Niska and her identity is vastly different from the other two as they are more self centered in the novel while Niska is more caring towards Xavier as she doesnt want to lose him. ” I try to feed Xavier, but still he doesn’t eat. He is disappearing in front of my eyes, sitting across the fire with a blanket over his shoulders, the smoke causing him to shimmer”, this quote shows how the warfare and battles is affecting her indirectly because of her  relation with xavier. Niska during the war had to express her emotions and not hide away as the only oji cree woman, knowing many medical aids from her mother and native culture. Niska and her love life was tough during the war as she fell in love with a Frenchman who betrayed her by using her for his own needs, “You are nothing special, just another squaw whore.(174). The betrayal changed her life as her culture and family fire was vaquinished in the betrayal. One of the most significant characters throughout the novel, her identity lost and played with at times by the vicious frenchman and being  emotional and caring for Xavier as a Parent would do not a aunt.