John Steinbeck Flight

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Flight, a short story written by John Steinbeck, deals with a lazy teenager named Pepe. His disobedience to his mother and inability to conquer the land hinders him. Is there any way an immature adolescent can make it through the mountains? Though many things interfere with his journey, nature is the dominant factor.
The dry air created an obstacle in Pepe’s wandering. After an incident left a man dead by Pepe’s doing, the vulnerable boy fled, afraid of the angry men chasing after him. He quickly rode home on his horse, gathered up necessary things, and was on his way. Pepe escaped to the mountains; the surroundings there were very harsh. One factor of these conditions was the air quality. The brutal, dry air “encrusted his nostrils and burned
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Pepe, still travelling through the mountains, became overcome with dehydration and the severe conditions in the mountains. While riding on his horse, it was randomly shot and collapsed to the ground. Pepe dashed from the scene and crawled to safety. While wriggling to protection, he came face to face with a rattlesnake; so Pepe “backed up and took another way” (Steinbeck 152-153). The encounter with the deadly reptile emphasizes Pepe’s association with snakes. Not only are snakes deadly and easily feared, but Pepe’s father died from a snake. Not wanting to follow his father’s way of death, he takes another route. Furthermore, Pepe’s interaction with the snake allows his father’s history to affect the lazy teenager’s present. He lets his family's past change his decisions and actions. By taking another way, Pepe wastes time while the men chasing after him close the distance between them.
In the short story Flight, John Steinbeck explains how nature is the dominating factor that hinders Pepe . Nature is an unstoppable force. It will always be more forceful than humanity. As illustrated by Steinbeck, a vulnerable adolescent will never be able to defeat the powerful forces of
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