Alice Walker 's The Flowers

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In a very similar way the author of “The Flowers,” Alice Walker, knew very well how to illustrate the surrounding to the utmost details in her story. Myop and Alice share a special appreciation and awe for the beautiful surroundings. Alice was also raised in her parent’s farm; providing extra special attention to the realistic portrayal of a sharecropper’s farm in the South. Besides Alice’s close involvement as a sharecropper’s daughter, she also shared an incident that scared her life at a very early age, which may have changed the way she saw the world around her in addition to having an immense influence in her writing. At eight years old, she was shot in the eye by her older brother with a BB gun while playing cowboys and indians. As a result, Alice was not only wounded physically but emotionally as well. Myop and Alice Walker arguably have the same view of the world then; life can be cruel. It was a world where you could be brutally tortured and assassinated just because of the pigmentation of your skin. Alice speaks clearly about the lifestyle and the consequences of being African American and the treatment they received in the South, “her ability to grasp the complexities of the lives’ of African American in the Jim Crow South” (Robinson). Alice Walker uses her own blissful and sorrowful experiences to tell the story of Myop and her loss of innocence. In contrast to the status of Myop and her family, Mrs. Mallard is a pretty young white woman (8) with a decorous
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