The Mind There Is A Season By Alistair Macleod Essay

1317 Words Sep 24th, 2015 6 Pages
The thick feeling of confusion stirred together with overwhelming anxiety and finally topped off with a sprinkle of fear all contribute to test whether one is able to withstand the spice of life strived in adolescence. To Every Thing There Is a Season, by Alistair MacLeod, is a coming-of-age story “seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy, who as an adult remembers the way things were back home on the farm on the west coast of Cape Breton” during the Christmas of 1977. Along the lines of the story, the protagonist awakens to a bigger picture of life outside his own small world as he steps his way up from ignorance to knowledge, idealism to realism, and thinking of self to thinking of others.
The narrator comes to see himself as a precious part of the world, capable of much positive growth as he experiences ignorance to knowledge. As the protagonist sees his elder brother’s cartons have already arrived, he notices “[t]he cartons bear the lettering of Canada Steamship Lines, and are bound with rope knotted intricately in the fashion of sailors. [His] mother says they contain his ‘clothes’ and [they] are not allowed to open them” (MacLeod 303). At the moment, the narrator is ignorant of the fact that the cartons are actually filled with presents as his mother hides this truth. Since Christmas is usually a holiday filled with joy, laughter and excitement, the narrator doesn’t pay much attention to the cartons and rather goes on believing what his mother has said.…

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