Brian's Search For The Meaning Of Life In W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen The Wind


Brian's Search for the Meaning of Life in W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the
Through the brilliantly written book Who Has Seen the Wind,
Mitchell is able to very effectively describe the tale of one boy and his
growth on the Saskatchewan prairie. Brian's childhood revolves around
aspects of everyday life, and in it he attempts to explain that which has
evaded and mystified even the great minds of our times: the meaning of life.
He is able to somewhat understand the meaning of life though his
experiences with birth, particularly that of a pigeon, and a rabbit. His
up-close-in-your-face learning of death, at an early age, when his dog, and
subsequently his father dies. Lastly Brian's ...

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newborn. But this
time it was a two-headed calf, who dies at birth. Because of this, Brian
comes to the realization that "God isn't very considerate"(166), for
sometimes he lets things like the two headed cow come into this world, only
to suffer and then die.
The Second instance in which Brian is confronted with the meaning
of life, comes to him when he sees death, and asks himself why. When
Brian's pigeon died, he asked his father why it had happened.

"Why?" said Brian.
"It happens to things," his father said.
"Why does it happen to things?" He turned up his face to
his father, cheeks stained with drying tears.
"That's the way they end up."
Brian looked down at the baby pigeon in his hand.
"It was an egg. Now it's stopped."
"Yes Spalpeen, it's stopped." (56)
Although this was hard for Brian to face, he was once
again confronted with death. This second time, his dog Jappy dies crushed
by a carriage of horses as "the front wheels of the dray missed ...

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