There are those of who will never forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have done, but some of us find our own self-forgiveness in our different ways. We may seek therapy, play musical instruments, or drive for hours at a time. Just to find a way to release the burden we have caged up inside of us. Brent Bishop though was given a task and from that task he was given he found the self-forgiveness we all strive to achieve.
Brent was suffering with the fact that he killed a girl who brightened the world with her personality. He did not mean to kill her though; he wanted to commit suicide. He was on a breaking point of life and wanted to end it, but instead he stopped the budding of a girl who was just beginning to blossom in the world. When Brent’s arbitration day came he had no idea what to expect. He knew he could never repay the family he had broken from killing Lea Zamora. Lea’s mother was the only family member who attended the ...view middle of the document...
Bellevue, Washington, another one of Brent’s creations showed Tony’s mother that he really hated playing the violin. The whirligig that Brent Bishop displayed in San Diego, California, placed a sense of peace in Rachel’s life when her grandmother said, “People are not Hitler, kindelah. People are very good also, like the one who made this wind toy to give happiness to everyone who passed. (Fleishman, Paul)” All these stories represent how someone can affect your life without even having the chance to meet them personally.
This where Brent found peace in the people he to talk, saw, and envied. Every time he built another whirligig of Lea Zamora he healed. All of this as culmination is where Brent found strength to forgive and trust himself. Brent learned how to walk away from a moment of frustration and handle it by playing the harmonica. When he played the harmonica it cleared his mind of everything that was happening around him. When he meets the artist by his secluded campsite he found out that people really understood his problems; not all people though he was a killer. The artist notice the emotions he expressed in the making of the whirligig. Every whirligig represented Lea Zamora; also showed the changes and self-forgiveness Brent Bishop was going through himself.
In life we hold the key to our own true happiness, self-forgiveness, and life satisfaction. The whole book revolves around this simple theme. When we make a mistake or take a wrong turn on the road of life we have to fix it ourselves. No one can control our future or past. This is exactly what Brent was doing. Though he touched every corner of the United States of America he truly found out the man he was and not only that the man he wanted to become, too. He finally understood one simple principle in life that he was the key to everything he needed to make his life easier. Life is full of mistakes and it’s all about fixing those mishaps. We are resilient and can recover from anything. Just like Brent Bishop did. We just have to persevere and believe in ourselves that we can overcome all of life’s mistakes.
Fleishman, Paul. Whirligig. New York City: Dell Laurel-Leaf, 1998. 30 April 2014