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Flight John Steinbeck uses many examples of symbolism to foreshadow the conclusion in the short story Flight Its used to represent or foreshadow the ending to story Steinbeck uses colors direction and nature symbolism to help presage Pepes tragic death at the endIn the next couple of paragraphs will explain more closely the way that Steinbeck uses colors to foreshadow the ending of the short story The most repeated symbol in Flight is the color black There are numerous examples in this short story of how many authors use black to represent death Some of these include the black handle on the long blade Pepes black hair and the black jerky Another example may be found when Pepe puts on his fathers black coat it represents death When Pepe puts on the coat he is literally covering himself with death Another example is the trail in which Pepe travels Steinbeck describes the path as a well-worn black path By traveling on this path he is taking the road of death Furthermore Pepes looks also helps foreshadow the ending Steinbeck describes him as having a black hat that covers his black thatched hair Pepe is also described as being dark lean and tall Another example is Pepes shack The shack is described as weathered and very old It casts a large shadow to the North east The darkness of the shadow symbolizes death in the home We can already tell that the authors use of black symbolism in the story tells us that Pepe is going to die Next direction is the second commonly used symbol Direction is used to represent positive or negative effects throughout the story North and East are generally good directions This came about when the early man saw the sun rise in the East Although the directions South and West are generally bad directions Basically this is because the sun sets in
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