The Existence of God and the Meaning of Life Essay

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Canadian author, W.O. Mitchell, is fascinated with the meaning of life. Whether this is a result of growing up during the depression or simply indicative of Mitchell’s deep philosophical thinking, this theme constantly shows up in his work. In both his humorous drama, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon and the eloquent children’s Canadian classic, Who has Seen the Wind, Mitchell tackles the age-old question with grace, humor, and care. Not only is Mitchell concerned with the minute details of human existence, throughout his work, Mitchell constantly evokes a Canadian persona and creates literature based on the country. Despite Wullie MacCrimmon being a Scottish character, the drama itself is set in Canada during a curling …show more content…
Mitchell used the land of his birthplace, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, to place an unknown small prairie town on a literary map. Butala concludes her article by stating, “for many western fans, he was someone who had lived as they did, who remembered their childhoods for them … the sights and sounds and smells of spring on the prairie, bringing to conscious awareness their joy and great good fortune in being Prairie people.” Who has Seen the Wind has become a cultural coming-of-age story for western Canadians. W.P. Kinsella argues that, “Who has Seen the Wind is the counterpart of The Catcher in the Rye. It’s the quintessential novel of growing up on the Prairies” (Shermata 40) and believes that Mitchell deserved a Governor General’s Award for his literature.
While Who has Seen the Wind is an account created with love for the prairies, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon is a well-written, humorous account of a curling match, also indicative of Canadian culture. Alan Dilworth, a director of the play, states, “it is so archetypically Canadian. There is something about this that’s even more social in the act itself.” The chief concern of the drama is one of religion, leading to a fascinating dissonance between Presbyterians and Methodists. This issue regards immigrants of Canada of varying ethnic groups. Wullie, the protagonist, is a Presbyterian, as his Scottish roots

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