In the Flight author Steinbeck uses Naturalism in his story. Naturalism is the
theory that there are greater forces that control our lives. In the Flight, a boy named Pepe
kills a man and is forced to leave his home and go out on his own. In his adventure he
encounters many difficulties and he counters it with his actions. One of his difficulties
was his new environment and one of his counters was his religion.
After Pepe left his home, his sister already knew his fate. She already knew he
was going to die even before it happen. As soon as his adventure began things started
going against him. It was a continues string of bad luck or naturalism for Pepe. His
horse gets hot which destroys his transportation. He gets shot then a rock perices through
his hand. His arm becomes swollen and he has awful pain. From the wound in his hand
he has poison in his blood stream. He has nowhere to run or hide. He has no protection
since he lost his knife and rifle. Here stands a stranded, injured "boy" that has no
protection or transportation. This is when his animal instinct begins. When a human he
has the talent of having the art of reason. An animal does things sometimes without
even knowing it. Who in their right mind would put a spider web in their wound. When
he relizes that his time of running has come to an end he begins to turn to his religion.
He starts to "cross" his chest as a Roman Catholic would. Then his time comes and he
pretty much commits suicide.
When Pepe leaves his home his sister has already predicted his fate and everyone
knew what was going to happen to him. It is was his environment that killed him. Pepe
adventure begins because of a death and his adventure ends with a death of him.
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