Canada is of the major influences of Grandfather Connor’s identity. When Vanessa was eleven years old she was interested in pioneers and how they had build the nation she calls home. She shows this interest through her book called “Pillars of a Nation” and found out her grandfather was considered a pioneer. Vanessa’s Grandfather Connor is the stereotypical Canadian during the 1930s. He was a hardworking man trying to make a living while helping build a town in the prairies during the depression. He was “the first blacksmith in Manawaka” and was also able to start up his own hardware store (Laurence 7). In the short story “The Mask of the Bear” Vanessa describes her grandfather as his “bear fur coat”, like a quintessential Canadian. Rough and grizzly, n...
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