Two Stories about Flying (Part I)
His First Flight
· The story ‘His First Flight’ is written by Liam O’ Flaherty, an Irish novelist.
· This story is about a young seagull who is scared of making his first flight. It didn’t trust its wings.
· It depicts one’s fear of trying out new things and emphasises the need of bravery and courage in one’s life
· The story also conveys that one should trust one’s abilities. It emphasises the need of motivation in one’s life. ‘Fear of failing or suffering is worse than suffering itself’.
Synopsis / Summary
· A young seagull dared to make his first flight. All the family members encouraged it to fly but it couldn’t.
· Its younger brothers and sister made attempt and were successful in flying but young seagull didn’t have faith on its wings. It was scared to think that if it tried, its wings won’t support and it would fall into sea.
· The mother couldn’t see young seagull like this and all the family members deserted it on the ledge where it was sitting and flew across the sea to live on another hill.
· The seagull was there all alone for 24 hours. It was starving and painfully looking at its family members catching fish and enjoying their meal together.
· It cried in hunger. Its mother came near seagull with a scrap of fish in its beak and tempted seagull to make a dive for fish but Seagull didn’t and mother flew away.
· Seagull again called its mother desperately. Mother again came but this time nearer with a fish as bait. Hunger maddened it and as it made an attempt to take fish, mother flew in the sky and seagull fell down the ledge. Seagull was falling down but his fear lasted for a minute and then its wings opened and it made a desperate attempt to fly.
· To its amazement, it was not falling. Then it flapped its wings and flew up. This way young seagull made its first flight and soon, was learning how to catch its food.
The story ‘His First Flight highlights the importance of self belief and self confidence. It acknowledges the need of courage and motivation in one’s life.
The underlying message of the story is ‘The only thing we have to fear is the fear itself’. Once we are able to overcome our fear, it transports us to the world of confidence, joy and satisfaction.
Important Question - Answers
Q1. ‘The sight of food maddened him’. What does it suggest? What compelled young seagull to fly?
Ans. To see young seagull sitting all alone on the ledge and dying of hunger its mother tried to motivate it using fish as bait. Mother went to seagull and brought fish closer. The sight of food maddened it as it was dying of hunger. Question of survival tempted it to make a dive for food. It forgot its fear and dived to catch fish from its mother’s beak. This way, hunger and the question of survival compelled young seagull to make its first flight.
Q2. What lesson does the story ‘His First Flight’ teach you? What does the story convey?
Ans. The story ‘His First Flight’ teaches us the lesson of bravery and courage. It teaches us to be brave and self confident. One needs to be confident of its abilities and shouldn’t be scared of making first attempt due to fear of failure. It conveys, ‘Fear of failing or suffering is worse than suffering itself’. We should nourish a belief that we have been given innate abilities that will never fail us. We should trust them. Once, we trust them and make our first attempt, they take us to a world of confidence, joy and satisfaction what was experienced by young seagull after making ‘His First Flight’.
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