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In his classic short story Flight John Steinbeck uses many examples of symbolism to foreshadow the conclusion Symbolism can be anything a person place or thing used to portray something beyond itself It is used to represent or foreshadow the ending of the story Steinbeck uses colors direction and nature symbolism to help presage Peps tragic death Let us now more closely examine the ways that Steinbeck uses colors to foreshadow the ending of his short storyPerhaps the most repeatedly used symbol in Flight is the color black In literature many authors use black to represent death There are numerous examples in this short story Some of these include the black handle on the long blade Peps black hair and the black jerky Another example may be found when Pep puts on his fathers black coat which represents death When Pep puts on the coat he is literally covering himself with death Another fine example is the trail in which Pep travels Steinbeck describes the path as a well-worn black path By traveling on this path he is in fact taking the road of death Furthermore Peps appearance also helps foreshadow the ending Steinbeck describes him as having a black hat that covers his black thatched hair Pep is also described as being dark lean and tall Another example is Peps shack The shack is described as weathered and very old It casts a rather large shadow to the North east The darkness of the shadow symbolizes death in the home As we can readily see the authors use of black symbolism in the story tells us that the main character Pep is impending deathAnother commonly used symbol in the story Flight is direction Direction is used to represent positive or negative effects North and East are generally good directions Many people feel this came about when the early man saw the sun rise in the East On the contrary the directions South and West
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