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by John Steinbeck

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What is the organization of the plot in John Steinbeck's "Flight"? I need to discuss exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

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Like many of John Steinbeck's stories, "Flight" is set in the area of California around Salinas and Monterey. In the exposition of the story Steinbeck describes a meager farm "on the wild coast." It is a simple homestead on "sloping acres" with a modest house and barn that are set low on the landscape. The reader may get the impression that this is difficult land to make a living on.

The Torres family consists of a mother, a 19-year-old son, and two younger siblings. Mama Torres is described as "lean" and authoritarian as she brings up her children after the death of her husband ten years earlier. The son, Pepé, is described as lazy and the mother says she must have encountered a "coyote" when he was born because the animal is "sneaking lazy." In Native American folklore the coyote often symbolizes a trickster and can take on both positive and negative character traits. In some stories he is reckless, lazy, and arrogant.

The conflict of the story revolves around Pepé's figurative journey to...

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