What Are The Different Perspectives In Sherman Alexie's Flight

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In the book Flight, by Sherman Alexie, An Indian boy named Michael, travels through time, and learns to see things objectively. I feel that the book Flight, is diving deep into the idea of understanding others perspectives. For example, if 10 people see an identical car accident, there will always be 10 different perspectives, emotions and beliefs on how or why it happened. And, Flight shows all those different perspectives and how important each perspective is; which, suggest that the most critical theme in the novel is to see life objectively versus subjectively. To begin to support this idea, it is imperative to understand how, in the first chapter of Flight, Michael was clearly influenced only by his own personal experiences and feelings. Michael’s subjective behavior shows when he attests, “I can hear my new foster family bumping around in the other rooms. I don’t care about them. There are more important things to think about, so I look in the mirror and count the zits on my face” (Alexie 3). Here Michael’s subjective perspective alone may be defined as ignorant. Michael was alone in another room. This is…show more content…
He begins to experience a moment of nostalgia as he says, “I think all the people in this bank are better than I am. They have better lives than I do” (Alexie 158). He then corrects his subjective idea by saying, “Maybe we’re all lonely. Maybe some of them also hurtle through time and see war, war, war. May be we’re all in this together” (Alexie 158). This is the most pivotal moment in Flight because Michael does show a continuation of his old subjective way of thinking, but his correction by saying, maybe he’s possibly not the only one to be lonely, shows how he conquered his subjective thinking by thinking objectively. This quote in particular is so pivotal because it shows how much Michael has grown from the start. And, now how he uses others perspectives to make sense of the

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