IT of His First Flight by Liam O’Flaherty The problem of the given text is overcoming fears in life, every big deal begins with a first small step, and it’s the most difficult one to make. And the author highlights the importance of independence, self-belief and confidence and the need for motivation to attain goals. The main character, or the protagonist, is a young seagull. It is a flat character who pretended to be round, because he wants to live and to eat and he tries to overcome his fears but he can’t and dive for the fish just to stay alive.…
His First Flight
Liam O’ Flaherty (1896-1984) was an Irish novelist and a short-story writer whose work combine brutal naturalism, psychological analysis, poetry, and biting satire with an abiding respect for the courage and persistence of Irish people. He was considered to be a leading figure of the Irish Renaissance.
He also was a participant of the world war I. O’Flaherty was a keen observer of sea life and he believed that man has a lot to learn from nature. He has given a humane touch to the seagull’s plight so that the reader is reminded of the nervousness he too might experience before doing something new.
“His First Flight” is about a young seagull who looks down desperately at the sea beneath his ledge. He is hungry. His parents along with his brothers and sister have flown away. He tries to fly but he becomes afraid even though his parents tried to help him. Suddenly, he sees his mother approaching him with food.
But she halted, keeping the fish just out of his reach. Maddened by hunger, he dived at the fish. A monstrous terror seized him, but the next moment he realized that he was flying.
In the setting of the story we meet the seagull in his nest, he is alone and hungry. Abandoned by his family and being afraid to make his first flight, the bird stays on the ledge. The atmosphere of the story is rather fearsome, desperate, one can feel the bird’s regret on his family, his hunger (that is, by the way, a great motivation to move).
“HFF” is narrated from the 3d point of view, limited omniscience. Such kind of narration presupposes an objective description, so the author wants us to see the actual matter of the story. The compositional form of “HFF” is narration interlaced with .....[read full text]