Fly Away Peter

by

David Malouf

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Jim’s Father Character Analysis

An old and bitter man who drinks heavily and tells Jim that, if he himself were younger, he would join the military so that he could fight in World War I. This, Jim thinks, is the old man’s way of saying that he thinks Jim should sacrifice himself like his contemporaries have and enlist. Jim believes that his father wants to be able to say that he lost his son in the war so that he can feel as if he too has done something important. Sure enough, after Jim dies, his father tells Miss Harcourt, in an almost accusatory tone, “I lost my boy.”
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Jim’s Father Character Timeline in Fly Away Peter

The timeline below shows where the character Jim’s Father appears in Fly Away Peter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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When Jim had started working for Ashley, his father was skeptical. A defeated, pessimistic man, his father believes Jim is destined for a “flat”... (full context)
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Despite his father’s skepticism, Jim had accepted Ashley’s job offer. He feels a kinship with Ashley despite their... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...a “new seriousness” brought about by their closeness to the increasing number of dead. Jim’s father suddenly starts talking about how he would gladly go to war if he were young... (full context)
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...who ends up accompanying him to the train station when he leaves. As for his father, he finally becomes “sentimental,” giving his son some money and drawing him close. This makes... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Those terns.” She has already heard of Jim’s death and has even run into Jim’s father, who said, “I lost my boy” in a somewhat accusatory tone, though he had never... (full context)