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Marigolds

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on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of Marigolds

Textual Support 1
Textual Support
Whenever the memory of those marigolds flashes across my mind, a strange
nostalgia
comes with it and remains long after the picture has faded. I feel again the chaotic emotions of adolescence, illusive as smoke, yet as real as the potted geranium before me now. Joy and rage and wild animal gladness and shame become tangled together in the multicolored
skein
of fourteen-going-on-fifteen as I recall that devastating moment when I was suddenly more woman than child, years ago in Miss Lottie's yard. I think of those marigolds at the strangest times; I remember them vividly now as I desperately pass away the time....
Topic Sentence
Lizabeth's diction, such as
ashamed
and
compassion
, shows a regretful and remorseful tone in which she realizes what she had done was foolish and immature.
Marigolds By: Eugenia Collier
Thesis Statement
In the short story "Marigolds", written by Eugenia Collier, the main character Lizabeth goes through a dramatic change of character from beginning to end. In the beginning, she is a foolish, immature, innocent, and unthoughtful girl, but as she goes through dramatic events, she becomes a mature, caring, and obedient young woman.
Topic Sentence
Lizabeth's diction, such as
nostalgia
and
skein
, create a retrospective tone that shows how she is looking back on an experience from the past that has shaped who she is today.
"Of course I could not express the things that I knew about Miss Lottie as I stood there awkward and
ashamed
. The years have put words to the things I knew in that moment, and as I look back upon it, I know that that moment marked the end of innocence. Innocence involves an unseeing acceptance 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."
Conclusion
By the end of the story, Lizabeth realizes that how other people feel is important too. She begins to feel compassionate for other people and be empathetic. She feels ashamed for all the foolish things she has done when she was immature. She has gained respect from herself and her peers and she finally knows how it feels to become a true woman.
Commentary-
Ashamed
This shows how Lizabeth knew what she did and how it was foolish and she wish she could of taken it back.
She was regretful because she looks back and wishes she wouldn't of been so immature and foolish.
She was ashamed for what she did and she regrets what she did.
It shows how she was guilty and felt bad for what she did, but she knows there is nothing she can do to fix it.
Commentary-
Compassion
Lizabeth realizes that she ruined someones only passion and she began to feel empathetic to how they felt and regrets what she did.
She had lost her innocence and began to feel compassionate instead of only thinking of herself.
So then she realized she regrets what she did because of the effect it had on the person
She finally began to look deeper into the person and felt what they felt and Lizabeth felt immediate remorse.
Image 1
Image 1 Commentary
In the image, the person in the background represents what the person on the right did.
It shows how what they did lurks behind them and they want to get rid of it.
The person on the right regrets what they did
It shows how the regret consumes the person and it changes who they are.
In the song, it is saying that he wants to get rid of what he has done, and he is regretful.
The singer wants to start over and try to fix the wrongs he's done.
Commentary-
Nostalgia
This certain word shows how Lizabeth longs for the past in which she changes from a girl to a woman, so she is looking back.
She reflects back on it as a good and bad moment in her life because it took a bad experience to change into a mature woman.
She knows it was an important event in her life that she wants to go back to.
Looking back, she wishes she could of done things differently and been more mature to start with.
Commentary-
Skein
This shows how Lizabeth looks back at the experience as crazy and unorganized
This is because of all the events that took place to change her from a girl to a woman.
It also shows how she looks back and by using the word it means that everything that happened was compiled together to lead to her path of womanhood.
Reflecting back she realizes she acted poorly and she regrets some of the decisions she made.
Image 2
Image 2 Commentary
The painting shows the woman grown up thinking about when she was young and reflecting on it
She thinks about everything she did and what was good and what was bad
She thinks about the important things that shaped her, like on the right it shows her with a man, whom she probably married.
All around her are her thoughts and feelings toward her childhood and she is thinking back to it.
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