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Flight" is about the relationship between the grandfather and his granddaughter, and the love and passion he has for her, how he finds it hard to let her go and accept her as a woman.

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Introduction

Record in detail the old man's emotions and moods he experiences, from text and own comments "Flight" is about the relationship between the grandfather and his granddaughter, and the love and passion he has for her, how he finds it hard to let her go and accept her as a woman. In "Flight" we have the granddaughter introducing the idea of her boyfriend Steven to her grandfather. He is not happy with the idea and resents the fact she is so happy. He doesn't understand why she is so in love and thinks he knows more about love and life then her. " 'But its not like that at all,' he muttered miserably. 'It's not like that. Why can't you see? Running and giggling, and kissing and kissing. You'll come to something quite different." This quote clearly suggesting he think his granddaughter is too young to be in love. ...read more.

Middle

The youngest of four granddaughters is now leaving him and he doesn't want her to go. He is not only bitter about his granddaughter but about life in general. He is quite cruel, and has a short temper. We can see this by the way he treats his granddaughter and specifically, his birds. "His mood shifted. He deliberately held out his wrist for the bird to take flight, and caught it again at the moment it spread its wings. He felt the plump shape strive and strain under his fingers ..." The way he fooled the bird into thinking it could be free then quite bitterly grasped it back before it could move suggests his resentment- he resents that the birds are so happy (like his granddaughter) and he doesn't want them to be. He feels better by stopping them doing what makes them happy. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "Flight" we can see how the birds that the grandfather takes care of and keeps are representing the granddaughter and how he wants to keep her to himself. He treats the birds much like he treats his granddaughter. He locks away the birds, he never lets them fly and be happy, just how he does with Alice. " 'Pretty, pretty, pretty' he said as he grasped the bird and drew it down... " Suggesting that he admires the birds but keeps them for himself like his granddaughter. He loves her very much and we can see this when he compares her to something beautiful. "...And her long bare legs repeated the angles of the frangipani stems, bare, shining brown stems among patterns of pale blossoms." He compares his granddaughter to nature. Natural beauty is something, which is considered to be a great thing, and he easily thinks his granddaughter is. The old man's emotions throughout the story reflect his granddaughter and relate to many things, mainly his birds. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jay Barnett 11MD English ...read more.

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