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Brief Biography of John Steinbeck
Historical Context of Flight
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- Full Title: Flight
- When Written: 1938
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: 1938
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: The fictional Torres farm in California and the wild country beyond it
- Climax: After fleeing from his pursuers across the wasteland for days on end, an exhausted Pepé finally accepts his fate and surrenders himself to the men hunting him. He climbs onto a large rock before he’s quickly shot and killed.
- Antagonist: Unnamed men from Monterey pursue Pepé through the mountains, hunting him down to kill him after he murdered a man who insulted him in Monterey.
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Flight
Steinbeck Country. Flight was originally published in The Long Valley, a collection of Steinbeck’s short stories set in Salinas Valley in California. He published so many stories about his birthplace that the areas around Salinas and Monterey are still often called “Steinbeck Country.” Steinbeck’s childhood home in Salinas is now a historic museum and restaurant.
Varied Interests. Steinbeck was close friends with Ed Ricketts, a marine biologist. The subject of marine biology appeared in some of Steinbeck’s later works, along with discussions of history and politics. In the 1950s, Steinbeck’s affiliation with leftist and communist organizations put him at risk of being investigated by the U.S. government.