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Characterization of the flowers by alice walker

  • This theme is presented through Walker's use of summer and the final line of, "And summer was over;
  • This theme is presented through Walker's use of summer and the final line of, "And summer was over;
  • Monday, August 25, 2014 the flowers;
  • Both of these are exacting choices in characterization that show Myop's youth;
  • She had explored the woods behind the house many times;
  • However, Myop goes farther than usual one day, and she comes across a decayed corpse.

The main character, a young girl named Myop, is enjoying a summer morning by gathering flowers when she stumbles upon the decaying body of a man who has been lynched. Myop can no longer be protected from the harsh realities of racial violence and this traumatic event means that her childhood, like the summer, is now over.

  1. As Myop encounters the dead body, this notion is evidenced again here, It was then she stepped smack into his eyes. Today she made her own path.
  2. As the story begins, the narrator describes Myop as carrying a short, knobby stick that she uses to strike at chickens and beat out the melody of a song on the fence.
  3. At the start of "The Flowers," Myop is an innocent, carefree child living in a post-Civil War world where many African Americans in the South are sharecroppers.

Expert Answers brandyhwilliams Certified Educator As the previous answers have noted, The Flowers is a story of childhood innocence, and the loss of that innocence due to the hash realities of the world. However, it is in many ways a story of protest against classically held ideas and standards. Alice Walker builds an elaborate picture of the innocence through symbolic imagery of light versus dark descriptors and scenery.

From the onset of the story, Alice Walker sets the tone of. As the previous answers have noted, The Flowers is a story of childhood innocence, and the loss of that innocence due to the hash realities of the world. From the onset of the story, Alice Walker sets the tone of the story as sweet, innocent and childlike by stating, She felt light and good in the warm sun.

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She was 10, and nothing existed for her but her song, the stick clutched in her dark hand. Alice Walker also begins the juxtaposition of light versus dark to illuminate the innocence and its loss. Look at the intentional use of the phrasing, in her dark hand, coupled with feeling. Not only is this characterization of Myop, but it also setting the tone for the time where a little Black girl, who for all intents and purposes, would not feel good and light due to her family's poverty, and their relative social standing in the world.

Then, the story switches back to the imagery of innocence versus reality as Myop chooses her own path instead of following the path that she would take with her mom. For readers, this use of imagery highlights change, growth, and leaving the old child-like ways behind.

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It is here, that we start to see an intentional flipping of what is classically considered good, and what is classically considered bad or evil. Alice Walker I intentionally challenges this notion, by displaying the white bubbles, as being the culprit to disturbing the black soil. She turns the classical notions of good versus evil on its head, and sets up the ultimate loss of innocence felt by Myop when she finds the dead body. For many readers, it is easy to believe that Myop was ignorant to the world around her.

This is not true.

  1. This intentionality indicates that Myop fully understands the world she lives in, but has chosen not to allow it to deter her innocent frolics. When the text states that she often struck out at random chickens, it is a show of her immaturity.
  2. It seems that Myop's parents, however, have protected her from this reality.
  3. Look at the intentional use of the phrasing, in her dark hand, coupled with feeling... It is implied that the corpse was a man—a sharecropper—who was lynched, as there is a rotting noose at the scene as well.

Alice Walker intentionally describes a scene that is both familiar to, and understood by Myop. This intentionality indicates that Myop fully understands the world she lives in, but has chosen not to allow it to deter her innocent frolics. Again, reference the protest of white disturbing darkness throughout the story.

As Myop encounters the dead body, this notion is evidenced again here, It was then she stepped smack into his eyes. Her heel became lodged in the broken ridge between brow and nose, and she reached down quickly, unafraid, to free herself. Again, what is classically considered pure and good, is described as rotting, and dirty.

  • At the start of "The Flowers," Myop is an innocent, carefree child living in a post-Civil War world where many African Americans in the South are sharecroppers;
  • As the story begins, the narrator describes Myop as carrying;;;
  • As do all people, at some point in their lives;
  • Myop lays down her flowers, symbolic of her innocence.

The corpse, which is assumed to be a black man, is seen as having a naked, or vulnerable, exposed and bare smile, of broken and cracked white teeth. It is at this moment that Myop's innocence is lost because she can no longer ignore her reality. She is forced to end her summer, and thusly, lose her innocence because she can't un- see the truth of the world around her.