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There are many pushing factors in the book Fly away Peter that push the main character Jim to enlist in the army and leave the sanctuary that he loves and go fight in World War I.

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Jim's enlistment 1,184 words By Daniel Sanchez. There are many pushing factors in the book "fly away peter" that push the main character "Jim" to enlist in the army and leave the sanctuary that he loves and go fight in World War I. Although there are obvious factors that push Jim into enlisting there are also many subtle parts of the book that open his mind to the option of war. Jim is mainly affected by his widening of perspective and all the small and large pushing factors are slowly widening his perspective and allowing him to move on and continue to widen his view upon the world and Jim chooses to broaden his views by enlisting. Jim's first experience (in the timeline of the book) that begins to widen his perspective is his meeting with Imogen, seeing her picture of the sandpiper and listening to her explain the migration of birds "they come down from the north, you know, and winter among us. In Norfolk, I mean." (pg 27 lines 1-3). This is the start of Jim's broadening of perspective and it is what starts to make way for Jim's experiences to push him to enlistment. ...read more.

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Before the flight Jim believes he has no interest in new sights "new views of things didn't interest him." (page 51 line 7) And relieves that he has a blood fear of leaving the ground. Jim already has a map in his head of the sanctuary and once he is up in the air he can see all the pieces of his map revealed and placed together. He realises that he is seeing things just as the migrating birds would see them. This fact allows him to throw off his fear of the ground and open his mind to the whole world, he starts to wonder what the bird see when they are in Europe. This experience to Jim is extremely powerful as it; shows that Jim is interested in widening his perspective and seeing new things, and allows Jim to put the Sanctuary into perspective and place an image of the whole place allowing it to become a part of his life and not his whole life as it was. This allows him to move beyond the sanctuary and onto its opposite, war. ...read more.

Conclusion

It had made Jim, for a moment, see things differently, as if a line had been drawn between the past and what was to come, the two parts of his life, and he could look at all that other side clearly now that he was about to leave it." (page 58 lines 8-16). Jim's father is a massive factor in Jim's enlistment and all through the book Jim's massive decision had only came about while his father was around. All these factor that have been mentioned are all pushing Jim to expand his view on the world and open his mind. With Imogin Jim starts to open his mind and think about the birds journey and When he leaves to Brisbane Jim's perspective continues to widen and starts his thinking on over the war. The experience on the plane shows that Jim has interest in new sights and this experience allows him to move beyond the sanctuary. Finally is Jim's father who allows Jim to make up his mind on going to war. This book is full of factors that widen Jim's perspective and the ones I chose in this essay I believe help Jim both in obvious ways but also subtly help him make up his mind. By Daniel Sanchez. ...read more.

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