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Unique Family Structures Displayed in Who Has Seen The Wind and To Set Our House in Order

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Unique Family Structures Displayed in Who Has Seen The Wind and To Set Our House in Order

All households studied in Who Has Seen the Wind and "To Set Our House in Order," include minor characters who have power, demonstrate acceptable behaviour yet fail to provide proper nurturing - all acting as major influences on the order with which the main characters conduct their lives.
The main characters in both works, both still quite young in their years, need older influences within the home to demonstrate power, in order to grow up with structure to be better people. Father Gerald O'Connal found within Brian's home in Who Has Seen the Wind, is the first to have power within the home. He is one of the two main characters with power
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Both works displayed three strong characters to demonstrate power within the home to help keep structure for the young main characters, who not only are seen to need structure but are in need of role models to demonstrate acceptable behaviour. As children growing up in the early to mid twentieth century, the main characters Brian and Vanessa are in need for role models to demonstrate acceptable behaviour for them to follow as they grow up. Brian's father Gerald O'Connal in Who Has Seen the Wind, is the first and most obvious character to demonstrate acceptable behaviour, as he is a well respected statured man with a strong family life. Within the novel, the author describes him as a "quiet, slow-smiling, and almost shy individual," (17). The description makes the character always calm and in control during high pressure situations he faces all through the novel, whether they be with his sick child, problems within the community, or problems with his eldest son. Although little is seen of her in the novel, Brian's mother Maggie O'Connal demonstrates acceptable behaviour within their home, as she spends most of her time with her sick baby in an effort to get home well. Brian's feelings for the situation are indicated when the author states, "Brian hated his mother for spending so much time with the baby," (4). However it was only proper for the time for the mother to assure the health
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