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



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
realization that it's all just sensations, and feelings complete his search ...

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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 Jappy. The hind ones
did not. A shrill and agonized cry arose." (175) As Brian ...

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