Haze was convinced he would only go off to World War II for around 4 months, but ended up fighting for 4 years. This hardened him inside. He went into the war intending to go back and be a preacher like his grandfather, but came out an atheist.
Loneliness is a big theme throughout the novel. We see it in characters such as Eva, Huberto, Mimí and others. When Huberto Naranjo went to join the guerrillas on the mountain. "The loneliness was worse than the hunger.