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"Marigolds" Explanatory Project
Transcript of "Marigolds" Explanatory Project
In Collier's story "Marigolds", Lizabeth grows from an ignorant child to an understanding, mature adult by gaining compassion after her regretful act of trampling Miss Lottie's beautiful marigolds.
Textual Support 1
"That violent, crazy act was the last act of childhood. For as I gazed at the immobile face with the sad, weary eyes, I gazed upon a kind of reality which is hidden to childhood."
The narrator's diction such as the words "violent" and "weary" reveals Lizabeth's inner change from a child to an adult, creating a regretful tone.
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Lizabeth's great impulse toward destruction resulted in her violent act of destroying Miss Lottie's marigolds.
Lizabeth was overcome with emotion as she uprooted the flowers.
Because she acted on impulse, the narrator received a great surge of regret after her violent action that could not be undone.
Lizabeth regrets taking out her anger and frustration on the only beauty Miss Lottie owned.
This violent action awakens her to feel empathy for Miss Lottie.
Weary - tired, worn out
Miss Lottie is worn out from poverty and is basically left with nothing at the end of her life.
When Lizabeth looks into Miss Lottie's weary face, she realizes the magnitude of Miss Lottie's hardships and suffering.
Lizabeth regrets destroying something Miss Lottie tenderly cared for.
Textual Support 2
"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."
The narrator's diction such as "innocence" and "compassion", reveals Lizabeth's change in her view of the world, creating a reflective tone.
Innocence is the lack of experience with the world and with bad things that happen in life.
After Lizabeth's act, she no longer feels innocent; she views innocence as ignorance.
Lizabeth sees the opposite of innocence as knowing and compassion.
Lizabeth reflects on the moment she came to realize so much could be concealed within a person.
This is the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Compassion - sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others
One can only have compassion after realizing what another has gone through.
Lizabeth reflects on how she was able to become compassionate after her violent act.
Before uprooting Miss Lottie's marigolds, Lizabeth did not understand Miss Lottie.
Therefore, Lizabeth did not have compassion until she entered adulthood.
At the end of the story, Lizabeth, overcome with emotion, uproots Miss Lottie's precious marigolds. After staring into Miss Lottie's weary eyes, Lizabeth breaks free of her ignorance to realize the depths of a single person. She reflects on this moment as the time in her life when she transitioned from childhood to adulthood.
The person in the painting is Lizabeth, sitting down in regret after destroying the marigolds.
The color red in the painting symbolizes violence.
The black surrounding the person in the painting represents hopelessness.
In Lizabeth's midst of despair, she commits a violent act, causing her to regret afterwards.
Black can also represent sophistication, the result of having knowledge.
Therefore, the white represents ignorance, fading away.
The woman in the painting seems to be in deep thought.
Deep thought can also mean that she is reflecting on a past event.
The pink colors represent compassion.
Lizabeth reflects on how she was able to gain compassion.
Besides the woman, the flowers stand out in the painting.
Miss Lottie's marigolds symbolize a significant event in Lizabeth's life: when she entered adulthood.