Walk Well My Brother Essay

1317 Words Nov 27th, 2012 6 Pages
The Revolution of Charlie Lavery
Change can happen in any place at any time. They can be tiny tweaks in personality or life turning revelations. These changes can catch one off guard and take them on an unforgettable adventure. Charlie Lavery a former WWII pilot is flying an airplane over a remote tundra region accompanied by an Eskimo woman named Konala when his plane fails him and they crash land. Charlie deciding that he could walk to the nearest civilization ditches Konala and begins the long hike. Days later Konala finds him dying, and during the process of being nursed back to health learns many important things and changes himself. Throughout the progression of Mowat’s short story “Walk Well, My Brother”, the protagonist Charlie
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Evidence of this change is shown when Charlie recognizes that what previously “seemed to him a lifeless desert, was actually a land generous in its support of those who knew its nature” (Mowat 177). This quote shows that Charlie is now one of the people who have adequate knowledge of the tundra and that he is appreciative towards what it has to offer him. He now understands that it was not as “lifeless” (Mowat 177) as he first thought, instead actually containing many animals to be hunted for food. His use of “desert” (Mowat 177) which is normally thought of as a treacherous place, in his description of what he previously thought shows that the Tundra to him at that point was a harsh environment with little to offer. The end changes this opinion when he states that he now understands that it was actually quite a generous land, and he simply had to know how to utilize it. Furthermore, Charlie’s lack of respect and opinion of his companion Konala changes drastically throughout the course of the story. When the plane first fails during flight and the two characters plummeted into the icy land Charlie looked at Konala, thinking about what had happened and wishes that he had “never seen or heard of her” (Mowat 172). When someone wishes they had never met a particular person, chances are that the person had a negative affect on their life; for example causing an accident or ruining their plans; then that person is probably not liked. Charlie, in his case, wished that

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