What is the importance of setting in the story "Flight" by John Steinbeck?
Pepe, the protagonist, in “Flight” by John Steinbeck is a boy in a young man’s body. Lazy, listless, and unhappy—Pepe waits for the big event that will change his life. The only valuable possession that Pepe owns comes from his dead father: a knife. When he is told to go to town to get medicine, Pepe is throwing the knife. This seemingly innocent event prepares the reader for Pepe’s killing a man just because he calls him names.
There are three setting for the story: the Torres ranch; Monterrey, California; and the mountains. Pepe finds no comfort in any of these places.
- In Monterrey, he is considered just another Mexican boy who is less than human. However, to Pepe this errand establishes him as a man. When he is insulted, Pepe feels it is necessary to retaliate and, unfortunately, kills a man.
- The second setting is the home of his family . At the farm, his mother thinks that he is lazy and shiftless. Pepe wants to be considered the man of the family. Yet, he does...
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