Essay by Lymydieu September 2014

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Topic: It is easier for the young people to accept the changes than for the old people. Discuss this statement in the light of the characters in "Flight" by Doris Lessing


As a circle of life, growing up is leaving "the nest" and becoming more independent. Another part of growing up is letting go and moving on with one's life. Children would grow up one day and leave their childhood to become adults. This change of state is natural. Everyone has to cross this threshold for sure. But not every one of us accepts and understands it. We can see the reflection deeply between the old generation and young generation in the family from the characters in "Flight" by Doris Lessing.

In this short story, the main character is the old man without the proper name. He loves raising pigeons. One of his favorite is overprotected in the cave by him.

Just look like the old man wants to possessive his last granddaughter, Alice. He keeps on considering Alice as still a child and on objecting her courtship with Steven the postmaster's son. He does not want Alice to leave away and he is afraid of not care him anymore. This possessive and somewhat conservative and selfish attitude has led to his unconventional behaviors. On contrast with the old man's opinion, his daughter, Alice's mother, Lucy permitted her to marry. She would like Alice to build up her own family as what she did at her age of seventeen. From this point in "Flight", the author wants to show us that it is easier for the young to accept the changes than the old.

The old man, Lucy and Alice are in three different generations in the family. They have two different...