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As Birds Bring Forth the Sun

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Natalie Tso

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“The rain had been falling for some weeks and the ground was soft.”
INEVITABLE
Nature
ROLE OF SUPERSTITIONS
“We are afraid of what he may see and we are afraid to hear the phrase born of the vision. We are aware that it may become confused with what the doctors call “the will to live” and we are aware that some beliefs are what others would dismiss as “garbage.”
We are aware that there are men who believe the earth is flat and that the birds bring forth the sun.”
As Birds Bring Forth The Sun
by Alistair Macleod

How does Macleod contrast
ancestrals and contemporary lifestyles?

the environment
the role of superstitions
irony of deaths

Animals
“I’m thinking all this now as the October rain falls on the city of Toronto and the
pleasant, white-clad nurses

pad confidently
in and out of my father’s room.”

Nature > People
People > Nature
“Her paws would jolt against his shoulders with such force that she would come close to knocking him down.”
mysterious powers
boundless capabilities
DOMINANCE
“There was no sound at all, only the moaning of the wind and the washing of the water on the rocks.”
unchanged
creates the atmosphere
platform
legacy
“Seen on a hill in one region or
silhouetted
on a ridge in another or sloping across the valleys or glens in the early morning or in the
shadowy
evening... always in the area of
half perceived
.”
(description of the big grey dog)
“evil spell”
“mysterious enemy”
eerie
uneasy presence
half-preceived
unknown
“seen but not recorded.”
“seen but never taken.”
mysterious uncertain nature
POWERFUL
YOU
CANNOT
KNOW
WHAT
YOU
DO
KNOW
NOT
supporting
demolishing
“yet with succeeding generations we seem the  spectra had somehow come to stay and that bit had become ours... something close to a
genetic possibility

“We would shut our eyes and plug our ears, even if we know such actions to be no avail. Open still and fearful to the gray hair rising on our necks, if and when we hear the scrubble of the pause and the scratching of the door.”
unwanted addition to the tragedy
cannot be erased
KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAST
BUILD THE PRESENT
“Although his
eyes “lived”
for a small fraction of time, he could not speak to them because his face and
throat had been torn
away.”
“My five grey-haired brothers and I... holding his heavy hands in ours and feeling their response, hoping ambiguously that he will
speak
to us..”
“They (The pups) fell upon him in a fury slashing his face and tearing aside his lower jaw and ripping out his throat, crazed with blood lust or duty or perhaps starvation/ The cù mor glas turned on them in her own savagery.”
“He lies quietly amidst the whiteness, his head and shoulders elevated so that he is in that hospital position of being neither prone nor yet sitting.”
Contemporary
Ancestral
way of dying
S
P
I
R
I
T
brutal imagery
Animals > People
easy
tranquil
controlled
rapid development
language
communication
loss of culture
classic ideals
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