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Growing up on the prairie As we travel through our lives we come to road blocks and other turmoils In WO Mitchells novel Who has seen the wind we learn about some of the struggles Brian the main character encounters as he grows up in Saskatchewan during the Depression The focus of the story is Brians interpretation of the realities of birth death and religion When Brian is four years old he comes into his first experience of birth when his pet baby pigeon is born While the story continues Brian starts to attending school and experiencing birth in full swing When Fat Brians school aged friend gets two pet rabbits Brian starts to wonder and ask about reproduction How do rabbits get startedPg179 Brians first introduction into death is the death of his pet baby pigeon After the death of the bird it seem like Brain runs into numerous counts of death including the death of his dear friend Jappy Brains Dog The feeling was fierce in Brian as he stared down it passed on uncertain and breathless quality he felt as though he were on a tight rope high in the air Pg 190 With all this challenges stuck in Brians mind he sets out to find the meaning of life At the same time Brian starts to mature and grow up leading up to the pivotal event of his fathers death People were forever born forever died and never were againpg263 At last with the death of his grandmother Brain realizes we have a meaning to our lives and he accepts that there is a circle of life Through written passages Mitchell expresses Brians encounter with the spirit of God his confusion about death and his grief The ever-present prairie wind of the dry and harsh Depression is transformed into a caring and comforting presence For Brian the wind is the essence of God God is the
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