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Marigolds

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Transcript of Marigolds

Marigolds
is a short story written by Eugenia W. Collier. The story talks about a woman who reflects on her childhood and the event that ended it. Throughout this Prezi, we will explain why
Marigolds
is the best short story of all that we have read. From figurative language to a variety of characters, Collier uses many elements to contribute to her story's success.
Setting
Marigolds
takes place in the 1930s during the Great Depression
Southern United States
Summertime
"...the brown crumbly dust of late summer-arid, sterile dust that gets into the throat and between the toes of bare brown feet" (Collier 1)
"...dry September of the dirt roads and grassless yards of the shantytown where I lived" (Collier 1)
The quotes above give readers a vivid picture of the dusty south during the Depression. The setting of this story contributes to what makes
Marigold
s the best by adding conflict and allowing readers to relate
Figurative Language:
A metaphor is the use of a word or phrase applied to an object or action to which it is not directly applicable to what's being referenced.
Marigolds
is loaded with this descriptive imagery.
"Poverty was the cage in which we all were trapped, and our hatred of it was still the vague, undirected restlessness of the zoo-bread flamingo who knows that nature created him to fly free." (Collier 1)
The quote explains the severity of the times, and represents how it was turning the people to become like wild animals desperate to form rebellion.
Theme
Becoming an adult means replacing innocence with compassion, and finding your place in the world with complete certainty. These overarching ideas throughout the story are developed by Lizabeth and they contribute to why
Marigolds
is the best short story.
Plot
Lizabeth and her friends show comraderie and childish ignorance throughout the short story
Marigolds
shows how internal conflicts can push one person to do things irrationally
The external conflict caused by the time period affects Lizabeth's father and in turn affects the rest of the family
This story is relatable to many people who must overcome adversity and poverty
The way that the story is written allows the reader to view both sides of the conflict between Miss Lottie and Lizabeth which allows the reader to feel sympathy for both sides throughout the story
The internal conflict of finding herself and her place in the world within Lizabeth shines through in her behaviors relating to Miss Lottie's marigolds
The point of view of the author allows for the thoughts behind Lizabeth's actions to be insightful
"The years have put words to the things I knew in that moment, and as I look upon it, I know that that moment marked the end of innocence" (Collier 5).
The story would be childish and completely different from the short story that was written, had it been written when these events took place
Examples that support theme
"I know that that moment marked the end of innocence. Innocence involves an unseeing acceptance of of things at face value, an ignorance of the area below the surface. In that humiliating moment I looked beyond myself and into the depths of another person. This was the beginning of compassion and one cannot have both compassion and innocence" (Collier 5) Like the theme of the entire short story, this quote further explains how one cannot have innocence and compassion and when one gains compassion and loses innocence, adulthood begins.
Marigolds
Prezi by Drew Burke, Katlyn Dolan, Jake Somoza, Olivia Vukelic, and Corey Wurl
by Eugenia W. Collier
Why is
Marigolds
the best short story?
Metaphor
Metaphor Examples
"Memory is an abstract painting" (Collier 1) Like an abstract painting, one's memory can be interpreted certain ways, like one person might view this entire memory different than another.
"The world had lost its boundary lines" (Collier 4) The world in which this story takes place doesn't actually have boundaries; the quote just helps emphasize how everything is out of place.
". . .my father, who was the rock on which this family had been built" (Collier 4). The father was not actually a rock, but he was the person who held the family together.
These powerful metaphors include deep meaning and description, and Collier continues to excel in her use of figurative language throughout the short story, which many other short stories don't include.
Conclusion
The short story
Marigolds
uses many factors to add to why its the best short story. Its total effect on the reader is to explain how one transitions from childhood to adulthood. As we explained in our theme, and how Lizabeth describes it in the story, the end of innocence marks the end of childhood, while the obtainting of compassion marks the beginning of adulthood. Eugenia W. Collier shaped
Marigolds
as a flashback on a woman's childhood. The flashback element allows the narrator to be insightful about the event and add more detail to the story. Overall,
Marigolds
is a fantasic short story that we have proven to be the best of them all.
Characters
Lizabeth: A dynamic character that goes through many different emotions and changes throughout the story
Miss Lottie: A hopeful character that tries to see the good out of any situation
Father: Is a hopeless and desprate character trying to get his family out of poverty
John Burke: A static character that does not change throughout the story
Figurative Language:
The use of a variety of characters that Eugenia W. Collier creates contributes to making the story interesting, inspiring, and readable.

There were many examples of figurative language used throughout
Marigolds
, in addition to the metaphors we recently explained. The examples of imagery, foreshawdowing, similes, metaphors,and allusions are clearly evident during the short story.
"For the most part, those days are ill-defined in my meomory, running together and combining like a fresh watercolor painting left out in the rain" (Collier 1) This quote is an example of a smile showing how her memory is starting to become more vague but she can still remember the most defining moments of her childhood
"I was running as if the Furies were after me " (Collier 4) This quote is an example of an allusion referencing a previous event. Furies are spirits in Greek and Roman mythology that pursure people who have committed crimes, sometimes driving them mad. By using Furies to describe this scene, it gives readers a better picture of how Lizabeth was running
"One day returns to me with special clarity for some reason, perhaps because it was the beginning of the experience that in some inexplicable way marked the end of innocence"(Collier 2). This is a great example of the forshadowing that Collier used in the short story.
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