Canadian Landscape in "As For Me And My House" and "Who has seen the Wind"
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The paper discusses how both Sinclair Ross and William Ormond Mitchell rely heavily on the usage of the surrounding Canadian landscape in their respective works, "Who has seen the Wind" and "As For Me And My House". The paper analyzes how both authors utilize imagery of the landscape in all of its natural splendor as well as fury in order to demonstrate the respective themes of their novels and to engender the feelings they wish in their readers.
From the Paper:"In many instances, the novelists render the surrounding environment in a way which magnifies the internalizations which their principles characters deal with. This tendency certainly applies to Who has seen the Wind, in which the outer manifestations of the natural world frequently symbolize and mirror the thoughts and emotions of Brian O'Connal, a young child who learns much about the power of God. In the following quotation, in which Brian is disappointed at the fact that he has to give his new puppy to a friend to live, Mitchell uses the rain to magnify the heart-rending emotions which the child feels. "Brian watched the drops gather and slide, slowly at first, then faster, down the pane. The sky over Sherry's low house was the color of lead; the sodden leaves of the hedge were dripping. He felt inexplicably sad... He had not seen his dog for three days."
"Mitchell deliberately employs imagery of a melancholy nature to show the reader that Brian is in a sad state. The references to the sky's color and to the water-soaked leaves (described as "dripping") portray images commonly associated with sadness, and provide a tangible quality to the sentiments and the subsequent thoughts which Brian is enduring at the present loss of his puppy."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Besner, Neil. "Who has seen the wind." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Dominion, 2011. Accessed April 14, 2011 at http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008571
- Bordessa, Ronald. "Moral frames for landscape in Canadian literature." A few acres of snow: literary and artistic images of Canada. Edited by Paul Simpson-Housley & G. B. Norcliffe. Dundurn Press, 1992.
- McLay, C. "Crocus, Saskatchewan: A country of the mind." The Journal of Popular Culture, 14.2. (Fall 1980): 333-349.
- Ross, Sinclair. As For Me And My House. Toronto: McLelland & Stewart Limited, 1966. Print.
- Mitchell, William. Who has seen the Wind. Toronto: MacMillan of Canada, 1961.
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