Born Sinner in Flight by Sherman Alexie

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Born Sinner Aren’t we all sinners? We all have committed acts of violence at some points in our lives, and our answer we are human, we are wired that way or it is our instinct. People have a habit of hurting one another and it comes naturally to them. After reading Flight by Sherman Alexie, violence is a prominent theme throughout the novel. This idea of aggression is represented in many different ways, shapes, and forms. For instance, the novel is filled with hostility at every point, from emotional to physical abuse. Zits, the protagonist, goes through these flashbacks where acts of cruelty are committed. Although Zits, comes across genuinely kind people throughout his journey he witnesses and commits acts of violence that teach us that …show more content…
He walks into a bank with the intention of killing and robbing everyone in the bank. The violent act is literally inescapable at this point. Zits is as cold as ice as he commits this horrific terrorist attack. Zits stresses, “And I pull the triggers. I spin in circles and shoot and shoot and shoot. I keep pulling the triggers until the bank guard shoots me… but I die before I hit the floor” (Alexie, 35) What Alexie wants us to know that this act of violence was unpreventable. No other act of violence was as horrible as this act. This reflects on Alexie’s view that violence is a natural human tendency. Even a fifteen-year-old boy, like Zits, can get his hands on guns, walk into any place in broad daylight and make an impulsive decision and end peoples life without feeling remorse. Zits at this point has no one and walking into a bank and robbing people sounded like a good idea to survive for a little while longer. He had the choice of staying with his foster family or running away, he chose to run and when faced with the problem of how he is going to keep himself afloat he resorted to violence.
Although Zits commits an act of kindness, when he saves Bow Boy from his own soldiers, this one act does not make up for all the other acts of violence he committed throughout the novel. This one act where he saved Bow Boy does not equate to the lives of hundreds of others he took. The Indian camp massacre, Junior, Jimmy, and the bank
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