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Fly Away Peter Chapter 14 The Chapter opens and closes with rain pouring on Flanders fields (clue: Flemish) creating an expanse of mud. Abruptly the chapter launches into Jims thoughts on the war and explores Jim past experience with violence and cruelty. The two experiences that Jims thinks about are the death of his brother and trapped kestrel, a type of bird. Jim’s younger brother fell backwards into a harvester while he was supervising. Even in this gruesome retelling birds manage to find a way into young Jim’s life, his younger brother’s scream though akin to, a new kind of bird. This tragedy is never talked about in the family. This is the first time explicitly we venture into Jims past and it shows that Jim is no stranger to violence. The second recount is of Jims favourite topic birds. Whilst freeing a kestrel trapped by the key of a sardine can the kestrel keeps pecking at Jim, unable to differentiate between “kindness and cruelty”. After being released it was only able to flop around. An Jim muses that even in this sunlight, in a positive place that violence and cruelty can occur . He then goes on to question what can stand against this violence and cruelty both found in everyday life and war. A poignant part of the chapter is when Jim thinks rather depressingly about the war prophesising that it will take a new name and cover the world, eventually consuming all the young men of the world moving onto those whom they are shielding from the war, the elderly, women and children. The chapter then starts to reflect Jims old life. An old man is drawn as a parallel to Ms Harcourt, their
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