John steinbeck s short story flight

Taken from his The Long Valley collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Steinbeck maybe exploring the transition from innocence to manhood. As symbolically Steinbeck may be associating the knife with manhood. The reality is for most if not all the story.

John steinbeck s short story flight

About fifteen miles below Monterey, on the wild coast, the Torres family had their farm, a few sloping acres above a cliff that dropped to the brown reefs and to the hissing white waters of the ocean. Behind the farm the stone mountains stood up against the sky.

The farm buildings huddled like the clinging aphids on the mountain skirts, crouched low to the ground as though the wind might blow them into the sea. The little shack, the rattling, rotting barn were gray-bitten with sea salt, beaten by the damp wind until they had taken on the color of the granite hills.

Two horses, a red cow and a red calf, half a dozen pigs and a flock of lean, multicolored chickens stocked the place. A little corn was raised on the sterile slope, and it grew short and thick under the wind, and all the cobs formed on the landward sides of the stalks.

John steinbeck s short story flight

Mama Torres, a lean, dry woman with ancient eyes, had ruled the farm for ten years, ever since her husband tripped over a stone in the field one day and fell full length on a rattlesnake. When one is bitten on the chest there is not much that can be done. Mama Torres had three children, two undersized black ones of twelve and fourteen, Emilio and Rosy, whom Mama kept fishing on the rocks below the farm when the sea was kind and when the truant officer was in some distant part of Monterey County.

Over his smiling little eyes Mama cut a straight bang so he could see. He was loose and gangling, all legs and feet and wrists, and he was very lazy. Mama thought him fine and brave, but she never told him so. That must have made thee so. It was his inheritance, that knife, his father's knife.

The long heavy blade folded back into the black handle. There was a button on the handle. From behind the barn she heard a burst of laughter. She lifted her full long skirt and walked in the direction of the noise. His white teeth glistened.

On either side of him stood the two black ones, tense and expectant. Fifteen feet away a redwood post was set in the ground. The blade was closed back into the handle.

The blade seemed to fly open in midair, and with a thump the point dug into the redwood post, and the black handle quivered.

John steinbeck s short story flight

The three burst into excited laughter. He closed the blade and settled the knife carefully in his listless palm again. He grinned self-consciously at the sky. Mama moved forward like a ship and scattered the play. You must ride to Monterey. The medicine bottle is empty.Unabridged.

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Published: Mon, 5 Dec In the short story “Flight” by John Steinbeck, the character Pepes ignorance and immaturity lead to his own downfall.

In his escape from Monterrey, Pepe makes many mistakes that ultimately lead to his death. John Steinbeck Flight Out fifteen miles below Monterey, on the wild coast, the Torres family had their farm, a few sloping acres above a cliff that dropped to the brown reefs and to .

In “Flight,” Steinbeck writes about a young boy and his initiation into manhood, but this time Steinbeck does not give us the leisurely developed, many-situation structured narratives that composed the stories inThe Red Pony.

John Steinbeck Flight Out fifteen miles below Monterey, on the wild coast, the Torres family had their farm, a few sloping acres above a cliff that dropped to the brown reefs and to the hissing white waters of the ocean.

Published: Mon, 5 Dec In the short story “Flight” by John Steinbeck, the character Pepes ignorance and immaturity lead to his own downfall. In his escape from Monterrey, Pepe makes many mistakes that ultimately lead to his death.

Short Story Analysis: Flight by John Steinbeck - The Sitting Bee