Who Has Seen The Wind By: W.O. Mitchell
In the book Who Has Seen The Wind, W.O. Mitchell uses setting a long with back ground characters, and the theme of birth and death to develop the main character Brian O’Connal, a young boy from Skatchewan who learns, grows, and matures through his adventures on the prairies and from the help from the people in his community.
In the beginning of the story Brian is just four years old, he has everything to learn and all of the resources needed to help him. Mitchell uses the prairies to make this happen. To Brian the prairies are more than just a setting; they are able to offer knowledge about nature, people, and a greater being.
Brian’s first learning happens when he experiences baby pigeons being hatched, he scoops one up to take home and ask his father questions like why they come out of eggs. This is also the first time Brian experiences death. Brian’s father Gerald explains to him that some things come from eggs, and some come from the mother but this baby pigeon was not strong enough to be away from its mother in …show more content…
Brian talked about God to many characters in the book and learned that god was something that lived in everyone.
After the death of his father, Brian talks to his grandmother and comes to the realization that “God isn’t very considerate.” (Pg.166).
By the end of the story, Brian has matured, grown, and understands much more about life than he did in the beginning of the book. Brian’s father taught him that the greatest gift of life is accepting the truth and letting go of fear. By the end of the book Brian understands that it is just the beginning of Brian’s life long journey of finding the true meaning of life to