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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 and devices in this short story like setting, point of view and symbolism.The setting of this story plays an important role in learning where the story takes place in, when thestory takes places and what the social environment was in the story. Lessing didn't actually mentiondirectly the setting of "Flight" but Lessing did leave a couple of clues to figure out the setting. Manyof the details in the story could mislead us into thinking that the story took place somewhere English.For example; serving tea and Lucy's sewing. Actually the story takes in places in South Africa. Theclue which tells the true setting of story is frangipani tree which is repeatedly mentioned throughoutthe story. The time of the story was harder to figure out since there weren't a lot of details mentioningthis but the vocabulary used in the story was one clue. Words like postmaster and dovecote were someof the words use in the story. The social environment of "Flight" could also tell the time of the storylike for instance the grandfathers attitude is more traditional."Flight" is written in the third person but is it told through out the entire from the old man's point of view. At the beginning of the story, the grandfather was obviously very happy with his homing pigeons. 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 what the couple are starting. At the end, when Steven gave the old man a young pigeon, he finally realises that he could finally release his favourite pigeon and keep the new one toremind him of his last daughter. But he also realised that he could release the new pigeon representinghis granddaughter. By releasing the pigeon he finally accepts losing his granddaughter but he alsorealises that in doing so he is also moving on too.At the end of the story, Alice started crying when she saw her grandfather release the young and

The Three Stories I Have Chosen To Study Are: Flight By Doris Lessing,

The three stories I have chosen to study are: Flight by Doris Lessing,
Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit by Sylvia Plath and Chemistry by
Graham Swift. In these three stories the writers explores complex family

Choose three stories, where the writers present difficult
relationships between family members, compare and contrast these

The three stories I have chosen to study are: ‘Flight’ by Doris
Lessing, ‘Superman and Paula Browns New Snowsuit’ by Sylvia Plath and
‘Chemistry’ by Graham Swift. In these three stories the writers
explores complex family relationships, through a variety of
techniques: imagery, mood and atmosphere, symbolism and structuring
the stories to built up to a climax, when there is a point of
realisation for both character and reader. All three stories begin by
presenting idyllic family relationships but as the stories progress
things change.

The story Flight by Doris Lessing is about an unnamed old man who
keeps pigeons, he worries about his granddaughter, Alice. He has seen
his other granddaughters leave home, and he is possessive of Alice and
jealous of Steven, her boyfriend. The old man argues with Alice about
her behaviour, and complains to his daughter, Alice's mother Lucy. At
the start of the story the old man shuts up his favourite pigeon,
rather than let it fly. When Steven, the boyfriend, makes him a
present of a new pigeon, he is more able to accept what is going to
happen, and he lets his favourite go. The ending of the story is has
more than one possible meaning: Alice has tears on her face, as she
stares at her grandfather. But I do not know if they are for him, for
Steven, for herself, or for some other cause. And we do not know if
they are tears of joy or sadness or some other feelings.

There are many significant events in flight, the first being Alice
swinging on the gate.

Chemistry by Graham Swift is one of the more complex narratives in the
Anthology. It begins with a widower living with his daughter, also
widowed, and their son. His daughter starts a relationship with
another man, and eventually this man quarrels with her father. He
retreats to his garden shed where he spends time in his hobbies of
chemical experiments and model making, and...

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