An Analysis of the Literary Mechanisms in Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour

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Knowledge is an accumulation of experiences, which are obtained either conventionally in a school setting or indiscriminately through life-experiences. Likewise, from these experiences conventional or otherwise, information is then transferred, acquired, and reappropriated. However, within this sequence of events knowledge is at risk of misinterpretation. In those circumstances it is the story, the most ancient form of communication, which is capable of making the unfamiliar appear obvious. Through her novel Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver acts as a teacher, surreptitiously conveying her own opinions on education and the process of learning through the development of her characters. Subsequently, Kingsolver provides a valuable outlook regarding the elements required to engage intellectually, which offers creditable insight regarding the process of learning. Not merely an anecdotal novel, her narrative conveys a fundamental educational paradigm. Indeed, engaging intellectually requires both aptitude and enthusiasm, but Kingsolver proposes that education is far more complex than a simple binary. Kingsolver suggests that intellectual engagement is both a process and a maturation of one's ability to reason, which is fundamentally rooted in logic and fueled by passion.
Narratives offer a framework, which support unfamiliar concepts; this distinctive function of literature places writers in a unique position, particularly so if their readership is inconversant with the topic at hand. However, to appreciate this position it is important for the purpose of this discussion to understand the literary mechanisms Kingsolver presents in order to convey her own opinions. In particularly, one must recognize her method of integration, a pro...

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