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English Short Story 2012

The Flowers by Alice Walker
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Sabrina Panetta

on 3 October 2012

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Alice Walker Flowers Plot/Summary The setting is most predominate element.

The time period has much to do with her point of the world.

Elements of setting are also symbolic (eg. Summer, broken skull, flower)

The Broken skull represents the damages of racism against black people.

Myop laying her flowers down signifies her loss of innocence.

“The summer was over” This represents the end of her childhood. Predominate Element Four Corners Is ten too young to realize the horrors of racism and violence in the world? Analyze the Main Characters Point of View Setting “The Flowers” by Alice Walker revolved around Myop, a young African girl playing outside.

She leaves home to pick flowers in the woods.

She decides to stray from path and ends up a mile from home.

When she decides to head back home the heel of her foot cracks through a man’s head.

He had been Lynched.

His head had detached from his body and clothes rotted away.

At the end of story Myop realizes that the world isn't such a beautiful place that she thought it was. Theme If in the 1900's losing your innocence meant realizing the horrors of racism, what do you think could make a child lose their innocence today? This story takes place in Southern United States during the very end of summer/very early autumn.

Alice Walker lets readers know summer is ending and a new season is starting.

Cold, calm time when trees are changing and air is crisp, this sets mood for the story

Time period around 19th to early 20th century which is time of slavery also involving sharecropping.

Sharecropping – agricultural system which families worked a farm/ section of land in return for a share of the crop.

The Families that were poor did this for income.

The name Myop is a shortened version of the word "myopia" meaning lack of insight. She portrays this at the start of the story.

Atmosphere changes from happy, energetic, and peaceful to a gloomy and twisted atmosphere near the end.

Author also uses illustration and imagery when describing the atmosphere. The theme is loss of innocence

Connections to "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Myop turns a blind eye for the beginning of the story but by the end she has opened her eyes and realized the horrors of the world.

Myop's carefree, innocent life is represented by her skipping and picking flowers. Myop losing her innocence is represented by her laying the flowers on the dead man's chest. There are many modern forms and ways to lose your innocence:
having a divorced family
being influenced by the media
being bullied Modern day loss of innocence. Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Putnam Country, Georgia.

Eighth child of Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Lou Tallulah.

Her father worked as sharecropper and her mother as a maid, to bring income into the family.

The time in which Alice Walker was raised was time of slavery and violent racism.

Her parents tried to keep Alice from realizing the truth about their life but she was keen on figuring it out.

Just like Alice Walker the main character, Myop, was also a young African girl who lived with her family of poor sharecroppers.

She too realized at a young age how cruel life can really be.

Some of Alice Walker's other works include: The Color Purple, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, By the Light of My Father's Smile, Now Is The Time To Open Your Heart, and The Temple of My Familiar. The protagonist is Myop a ten year old African girl.

She possesses many traits; including innocence, curiosity, wiseness, and happiness.

Some traits are portrayed at the beginning and some are demonstrated near the end.

When we see the young girl skipping by, humming, and picking up wild flowers this indicates her happiness, curiosity, and innocence.

The story then takes on a darker and frightening atmosphere as she approaches dead man.

By changing atmosphere this once innocent girl steps into the reality of life away from her safe and protected childhood

At the end of the story a metaphor is used as Myop sets down her flowers near dead body.

This represents summer ending, which also concludes the character’s loss of innocence. QUIZ TIME!!!! And guess what.....there are cookies :) Summarize the story What is the Theme? Are there any other themes present? What symbolizes Myop's loss of innocence? "And the summer was over"
What does the author mean by this? When and where does this story take place? What does Myop's family do? What is the most predominant element?
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