In Flight, how would you describe this author's writing and storytelling style technique? How does the history and context we have built around the story enhance your understanding of this literature?

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Flight by Sherman Alexie is a novel told in first-person present tense from the point of view an orphaned Native American teenager, Zits, who is dealing with being in foster care and then living on the streets. Zits comes under the influence of another teenager named Justice, and they go...

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Flight by Sherman Alexie is a novel told in first-person present tense from the point of view an orphaned Native American teenager, Zits, who is dealing with being in foster care and then living on the streets. Zits comes under the influence of another teenager named Justice, and they go on to commit an act of violence in a Seattle bank.

At the bank, Zits shoots a man in the face and the security guard, in turn, shoots Zits in the face. At this point, the novel shifts to its main storytelling technique: Zits is transported into the past into the bodies of perpetrators of several injustices and tragedies Native Americans have faced throughout US history.

In his first transformation, Zits becomes Hank Storm, an FBI agent who is tasked with killing an innocent Native American rights activist. In these scenes, Zits asks probing questions aimed at both himself and the reader. As he's Hank Storm, he asks, "Do evil people know they're evil? Or do they just think they're doing the right thing?"

Zits transforms a handful of other times, stepping into the role of various individuals who commit atrocities, finally ending up as his father, who now lives homeless on the streets of Tacoma, Washington. It's at this point in which it seems as if Zits finally heals.

Ultimately, the story comes back to the scene in the bank and it turns out Zits never committed the shooting. All these flashbacks take place in the short time in which Zits pulled the gun. Instead, he turns around and walks out of the bank.

The purpose of the narrative is to demonstrate how many seemingly unrelated things happened for Zits to end up where he is in his life.

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