Flight Essay

727 Words Aug 22nd, 2013 3 Pages
Flight By Doris Lessing In the short story "Flight" by Alice Lessing, it's the story of an old man who raises homing pigeons for a hobby and who constantly worries about his last granddaughter, Alice, leaving and getting married tothe postmaster's son, Steven. The old man is very overprotective and also possessive of his daughter.In a way, the grandfather is also jealous of Alice's fiancé, Steven. The Old man argues with Aliceabout her behaviour when Steven is with her and he complains to his daughter, Alice's mother, Lucy.In this story, Lessing wanted to show that part of growing up is leaving "the nest" and becoming moreindependent. Another part of growing up is letting go and moving on with ones life. Lessing uses a lotof techniques …show more content…
His mood changes when he sees his last granddaughter swinging on the gate, waiting for hissoon-to-be husband, Steven. We clearly see this sentiment when he takes his favourite pigeon and he prepares to let it go and he suddenly catches the pigeon before it was about to take flight and he putsthe bird back into the cage and locked it. His attitude towards his granddaughter can be perceivedsomewhat childish when the old man said to her granddaughter: "I'll tell your mother!" He acted like achild because he didn't want to lose his last granddaughter. He already had experienced something likethis one since his three other daughters already left the house and got married. He just wanted his lastgranddaughter to stay with and not to be left alone like her other sisters.Symbolism is another technique that's greatly used in "Flight". The most significant symbol in thestory is obviously the pigeons. The old man's favourite pigeon represents Alice. He caged his favourite pigeon because he was scared that it'll will never comeback and leaves him. With pigeon caged, hewould have total control over it. He wanted to do the same thing with his granddaughter but since heknows he can't do that, he does it to his favourite pigeon. Another symbol in the story is the gate inwhich the granddaughter was swinging on. That could represent a gateway to new beginnings.Another symbol of a new life is the garden where the couples were talking. A garden always makesnew life and that's

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