Realizing the Meaning of Life in Sherman Alexie's "Flight"
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This paper discusses how Sherman Alexie uses the character Zits' soul-searching for his identity to help the readers understand the core messages of the story. The paper explains Alexie's message that life is sacred, violence only leads to more violence, and misplaced hatred, prejudice and racism lead to nowhere. The paper highlights how unlike what Zits thought at the beginning of the story, humans are not wired to be aggressive and violent.
From the Paper:"Sherman Alexie's novel, Flight, is about an orphaned Indian youth who travels through time in search of his own identity. Zits, the main character, is introduced as a felonious boy, frequently taken into police custody after committing a variety of crimes, including shoplifting and arson. Zits eventually finds himself seeing life through a different lens, and seeing the world through a different perspective affects the protagonist on many different levels. Towards the end of the story, Zits seems to find himself, and learns how to live a respectable life. Alexie uses Zits' soul-searching for his identity to help the readers understand the core concept of his story - life is sacred, violence only leads to more violence, and misplaced hatred, prejudice and racism lead to nowhere. The author hopes that his readers will undergo a similar transformation and realization as Zits experiences in his novel, finding these same core conclusions.
"At the beginning of Flight, the readers understand that Zits is as violent and aggressive as they come. During one of his earlier encounters with the police, he even mentions: "I'm fighting and kicking because that's what I do. It's how I'm wired. It's my programming." (17). Alexie insinuates that human nature is to be violent and Zits accepts this as if it was pure fact, something that cannot be changed. He believes that he has no choice, but to be violent. Although, Zits is still very young, and he has committed a myriad of crimes, he has not yet murdered anyone, nor does he have any plans to do so."
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