Alistair Macleod's As Birds Bring Forth The Sun

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Short Story “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun” Alistair Macleod Topic Sentence: Macleod explores how family stories and myths, even though they are fictitious, fold into the present to provide comfort in times of emotional distress. “You cannot not know what you do know” (43) “He even avoided the Greyhound bus station in Montreal, just to be safe” While Atwood and Krotetch argue that myths provide a past on which we build national and regional identity, Alistair Macleod’s works explore the effects on myths on the present. For example, in “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun,” Macleod explores how family stories and myths, even though they are Topic fictitious, fold into the present to provide comfort in times of emotional distress. The narrator retells the Sentence family…show more content…
While none of them mention the story Position/ to each other, it is clear to the narrator they are all thinking about it, thinking about how even its quote set mention may signal the death of their father. One brother, who “came in for Montreal [and] was not up aware how serious the illness is” (42), jokingly comments that “he even avoided the Greyhound bus Quote and station in Montreal, just to be safe” (42). As this brother breaks the silence about the omen, it becomes analysis clear to the narrator that while they can pretend to forget the stories of the past, or even joke or make light of them as the brother does, they “cannot not know what [they] do know” (43). In other words, while they can make light of the story, they cannot pretend not to understand its significance; they cannot deny that they are all waiting for that “grey dog of death.” In this sense, the narrator finds solace in the fact that at least they are all thinking it together. This is where Macleod finds value in myths: even though they can signal the horrors of the past, they provide a touchstone for family bonds, which are especially needed when people experience the horrors of the present. conclusion

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