Symbolism Let's take a step back and explore a few symbols representing larger ideas in this story that aid the reader in better understanding the theme. Myop laid down her flowers. She enjoys a walk and gathers flowers on a nice day. The forms and structures of her fiction, along with its thematic concerns, have helped to create a distinctive style through which to express African-American experience. And the summer was over. This approach gives the author a chance to focus on the inner life of one character more than the others. Her parents tried to keep Alice from realizing the truth about their life but she was keen on figuring it out.
Until she finds the body, that is. Her actions reflect those of a child as well. And the summer was over. It's a coming of age short story that sheds the light on how ugly the world really is. The land is described as strange and gloomy and words like damp, close, and deep are used to give the reader an impression of the suddenly changed mood.
But when she literally stumbles over the body of a dead man, her life will never be the same. There is a subtle mature tone near the end once the body is found. Here the author gives away her age, her youth, her innocence and her lack of ability to see deeper. This section contains 1,365 words approx. Myop is the same way; she is young, naive, and completely unaware to the fact that many people were lynched and hanged, simply because they were black, people that she might have known, that lived close to her. She had often been as far before, but the strangeness of the land made it not as pleasant as her usual haunts.
Both parents were sharecroppers sometimes referred to as the 'new slavery' and life was tough. She steps on his decaying face, lodging her foot in it. Although both short stories include similarities in their themes of innocence and use of detail and symbolism when describing the emotions that correlate with growth, the stories contrast in their perspectives and settings. She uses these metaphors to say that the madness that grows inside our minds is the remainder of all our broken relationships with different people. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback. The main character of the story is Myop, a 10-year-old girl without any major worries in life.
Walker's fiction is mostly realist, but this is sometimes interwoven with spiritual and supernatural elements. Written by Shilpa Goel, anusha pokhrel, Rana M. An This story is only around 600 words long, but it contains many powerful themes. Instead, her work shows the influence of nineteenth-century slave narratives as well as that of black folklore and the culture of oral storytelling. The harvesting of the corn and cotton, peanuts and squash, made each day a golden surprise that caused excited little tremors to run up her jaws. This portrays that Myop does not know where she is going, she is starting to make her own way in life and does not need an adult to guide her. His body is in decay but it is evident that he was a tall, big-boned man.
I think that this view is well supported in the text and is appropriate for the time the piece was written and who it is written by. Lesson Summary ' The Flowers' is a short story by Alice Walker that explores a young girl named Myop's time as a child ending when she discovers the body of a violently murdered man. Walker needs us to see such beauty in the world along with such innocence in order to set us up for the facts of life that Myop discovers in the woods. It seemed gloomy in the little cove in which she found herself. The main character of the story is Myop, a 10-year-old girl without any major worries in life.
Inspirational Quotes by Alice Walker Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Putnam Country, Georgia. She also discovers a rotten noose and the remaining rope hanging from the tree. Story Setting Let's begin our analysis of 'The Flowers' by taking a look at where and when it took place, the setting. Conclusion This shows that even in the toughest times there is hope. Although this could be seen as a Marxists perspective it think that it is limited and cannot be applied to the whole text.
Theme in 'The Flowers' The setting is just one feature of 'The Flowers' that conveys its central idea or theme. Her bundle of flowers is a symbol of her innocence and her laying them down symbolizes her putting away that innocence, suddenly not without any worries. The last line, 'And the summer was over,' completely ends her innocence. Walker builds up her arguments from historical events as well as the collective experiences of African Americans, including her own. The story starts at a barn and leads into a forest. At this stage, she is now primed for adolescence and all the harsh realities it may bring. Thirdly, Setting: The harvesting of corn, cotton, peanuts and squash illustrates that she is on a farm.
It is then Myop quickly grows up and suddenly becomes aware of the world in which she lives. She uses these experiences to back up her arguments formed from recollections of various African American characters and events. She felt light and good in the warm sun. She found, in addition to various common but pretty ferns and leaves, an armful of strange blue flowers with velvety ridges and a sweet suds bush full of the brown, fragrant buds. The reason for flowers was to represent her innocence and then her loss of innocence. In the end, Myop lays the flower down in the respect for the dead man.
Walker also introduces a racial reference in to the text. A post-colonial critic may think that this refers to the white and black divide that had formed at the time that this piece was written. The frayed noose encircles a wild pink rose. To empathize this, words like beautiful, keenness, good, light, and warm are used. This story does not reveal in which year this is taking place-the reader may assume it occurs during the time of sharecroppers and lynchings. When Myop continues her walk and collects pretty flowers we still think that she is in a state of innocence, but when she picks the pink rose and steps into the human skull, we realize that not only is the skull now shattered, so is her innocence.