Who Has Seen the Wind: Meaning of Life
From the time people are born, until they die, it is only a natural thing to
want to keep learning about their life and to figure out why they were put on
this earth. From the very beginning of life, babies want to touch and
experience everything around them. Throughout the novel, Who Has Seen the Wind
by W.O. Mitchell, Brian O'Connal has found himself with a tremendous hunger to
discover the real meaning of life. Clearly, then, Brian always searches for new
ways to learn about the world he lives in. One of the things that Brian shows
an interest in is God. Brian really wants to meet Him, not knowing that God is
something that cannot be seen, for He is a spirit. Brian would say "Lets go
over to his place"(7). Throughout the novel, Brian seems to be looking for God.
He has his own image of God in his mind, thinking that "God rides the vacuum
cleaner"(31). Brian learns the truth about God from different people like his
parents, Saint Sammy, Mr. Hislop, his grandma, and his friends. He discovers
that God is everywhere and in everyone, but He cannot be seen.
Furthermore, Brian is very much interested, like many other children his age,
about where living things come from. Being as young as he was, he always
thought that God delivered babies. After Brian witnessed his very first birth,
that of a rabbit, he became very confused and curious about what and how it
happened. Brian had a very uncomfortable conversation with his dad, Gerald
O'Connal, about where babies come from:
Remember I told you the pigeon grows inside the egg, the mother
lays the egg, and it hatches?...They don't with rabbits. Rabbits
are different. The father plants a seed in the mother and the
baby grows from it. When it's time, they come out.
Is that what he is doing when...
Yes Spalpeen, that's what he is doing.(161-162)
This fascinated Brian very much.
Unquestionably, everything that is born and lives, must eventually die. Death
is an unavoidable fact of life, and cannot be escaped. The deaths in the novel
start out from not very significant, to the very shocking ones. Brian was
becoming aware of...