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English 4

The Flowers

Marielle Paner

on 25 March 2013

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Transcript of English 4

The Flowers by: Alice Walker Point of View by: Symbolism Setting: Theme: The setting for this story is outside a sharecropper's cabin on a beautiful day. Myop takes a walk past the stream and into the woods. 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. Racism/Sexism
The dominant theme present throughout this collection is about black women who long to escape and be free but who are denied that freedom by the society they live in and by their husbands. Black men are portrayed in a negative light and are made to be the oppressors of black women. Flowers
-wild flowers of different colors are being picked by Myop. The flowers represent innocence, life, and the beauty of life.
Dead man
-the dead man represents death, and shows that even though he was once a big, strong man, this had no bearing on preventing his own death.
-the noose/rope used to kill the dead man symbolizes the existence of evil. -the Flowers is a very short story written in the third person. Due to the youth of the Myop, the reader is able to see the world through the innocent eyes of the child. Myop sees beauty all around her and it is only at the end where Myop becomes aware of death and the existence of evil. -due to the perspective being that of a ten-year-old girl, the language used in this story is basic and simple, fitting the vocabulary and thoughts of a child. Marielle Paner - a dead black man who has been hanged. He is decapitated by the lynching and by hanging for so long. His body is in decay but it is evident that he was a tall, big-boned man. The sight of him, having been killed in a lynching, alerts Myop to the presence of evil in the world. Dead Man other character: - Walker's narrative is correspondingly dense with
- to begin with narration, there is an abrupt shift in
style at the point when Myop discovers the body.
- before this event, the narrative reflects the excited
tone of childhood pleasure, describing Myop's gaze
flitting from place to place, revelling in all that she sees.
-When she stands on the skull, the narrative shifts to a very matter-of-fact description of Myop's curiosity and her unearthing of the skeleton. Writing Techniques
in "The Flowers" - characters are mainly rural
African Americans
- writing displays
sensitivity to the emotions of
people who suffer physical or
psychological harm
- calls herself a "womanist', her
term for a black feminist Born: February 9, 1944 (age 68)
Eatonton, Georgia,United States
Education: Spellman College (1961)
Sarah Lawrence College (1964)
Occupation: Novelist, short story writer,
poet, political activist
Genres: Short stories, novels, non-fiction,
poetry, fiction
Notable awards:
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1983
National Book Award 1983
Parents: Willie Lee Walker(sharecopper)
Minnie Lou Tallulah Grant(maid)
Spouse: Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal
(married 1967, divorced 1976)
Child: Rebecca Walker Alice Walker -the main character in "The Flowers"
-an innocent, ten-year-old black girl at the start of the story, enjoying a walk and gathering flowers on a nice day. She has no cares in the world and is happy. She discovers a dead man and is unafraid. She proceeds to collect a flower and discovers a noose, and in the tree, some remains of the rope. She lays down her flowers: innocence is lost. Myop Cherrymae Balingit
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