There is a great deal that can be used within a war novel to help understand what war was really like and to help younger students with some historical content, but I do not completely agree that it is better.
"An effective narrative, which captures and holds one's interest, conveys powerfully the life and society of another time.
The writers of Hamlet and The Wars, William Shakespeare and Timothy Findley respectively, transform their main characters from the expected war hero or powerful prince into that of an antihero.
William Shakespeare presents Hamlet as a prince bent on revenge but unwilling to do it.
This death and the later appeal to force by his dead father compel the reader to feel that Hamlet has the right to inflict revenge on whoever did such an atrocity.
Similarly, when Robert Ross' closest companion, his sister, dies he is grief-stricken.
Robert Ross, the more modern character of the two entered World War I, "the war to end all wars", in 1915AD.
Shakespeare writes of Hamlet in the form of a play while Timothy Findley writes about Robert Ross in the form of a novel.
The reader becomes sympathetic to such a grief-stricken character and feels sad that one so innocent would subject himself into going to war to avoid such a lachrymose life back home.
The Wars, written by Timothy Findley, is a story about World War I, and consists of many shocking images passed over to the reader.