A Review of Lessing's "Flight"
The short story Flight is written by Doris Lessing about a old man learning of letting go of his grandaughter as she grows into an adult and is about to get married.
The story is told in an omniscient third person point of view and this enables us to see into the minds of all characters, which inturn help us to understand their feelings and attitudes. When story are told in an omniscient way, the readers will have a better understanding of what is going on in the story. This story not only described what the old man is feeling, but also other characters. The old man feels that his youngest grandaughter is still much too young to be married and is not willing to let go of her. He 's attitude seems grumpy but deep down inside it hurt him very much to see his grandaughter growing up and with her boyfriend Steve. From the describtion we had for this old man, we can understand much better what he feels. Then, this story have focused a bit closer to the grandaughter's mother and her point of view on her daughter's marrige, which she is happy with. The omniscient positions readers to a god-like position which will let us have a better understanding of what the character feels, and also all the `conflict' the character is experiencing and feeling.
The characters's point of view are important in revealing the main theme of this story which is learning to let go. By understanding the characters's point of view, we are able to decide what main theme is about.
Firstly, the story have taken us a `tour' in the old man's position which enabled us to understands what he is feeling. Even seeing that his grand- daughter is no longer the cute little girl anymore, he still couldn't accpet the fact that she has grown up and is starting a family of her own. He feels alone, and hopeless. He believe that after she gets married, nothing will ever be the same again. She won't keep him as company anymore and he will only have his pigeons. But the...
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