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There are certain things that I think are really well crafted in this next section of Kingsolver’s book, Flight Behavior.  The introduction of the scientists, specifically Ovid Byron, shows a new dimension to Dellarobia’s character.  The differences and class and upbringing become very prevalent in the story.  Unlike other people in the town, Dellarobia and her son Preston are the only two people that attempt to identify with the scientists, while the rest of the community specifically labels them as outsiders.  Dellarobia seems to be in a constant struggle with her self, since she recognizes that they are not a part of her community, but she is fascinated by their lifestyle.  Her intelligence is also noted in this section, along with her desire to learn.

One thing that I really appreciated about this section was the awareness of the different types of “smart” that one possesses.  Although these students were well educated, they were oblivious to some of the hardships that Dellarobia has to deal with on a daily basis, such as being a parent. They also appreciate her knowledge on sewing, and more broadly speaking, simple lost talents that are not as well appreciated in modern society. This ties into another theme in the book.

As pointed out by their Christmas shopping and her constant frustration over poorly made products, the reader is made aware of the constant changes that modern society is going through.  It’s alarming to Dellarobia, who was raised to be more “street smart.”  The lack of appreciation for sold knowledge over simple tasks and nature in general is something that our society seems to forget in this new technology age, and it is nice to see how that is not only affecting people like myself, who are learning how an education is changing, but also people from a different background.

One stylistic trait that is really present in Kingsolver’s writing is the use of similes’.  Similar to Edith Pearlman, she describes things through unexpected comparisons instead of literal descriptions.  I enjoy this method of writing because it reminds me of poetry.

Another struggle that I see as interesting is the struggle between wanting to be a good mother and wife, and wanting the life that Dellarobia could’ve had.  When she is fighting with Cub in the dollar store, I like that we’re given insight to her internal thought process, both feeling guilty for arguing with Cub since she knows that his heart is in a good place, while still continuing to pick a fight because she is frustrated with her own lifestyle.  This struggle is something that people go through constantly during their life; it’s a struggle of identity.

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