Analysis Of The Book ' The Little Flower '

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The little Flower The Smallest Woman in the World” Clarice Lispector The short story revolves around the themes of eroticizing, colonialization, subjugating and African literature. Marcel Pretre labelled as a “hunter and man of the world” stumbles upon a village of people and encounters the smallest woman on earth. He exoticizes her ethnicity and her small figure. She becomes subjugated because she has no identity and he labels her to his standards naming her Little Flower. Only upon their meeting does she have an identity when she’s discovered, treated like a prize or animal for the subjectivity of the world. When photographs of Little Flower become published readers get different interpretations of how people react to her photo, making her subjugated by white western society. Despite being, objectified Little Flower “still loved the color of a man who isn’t black.” Little Flower doesn’t understand or know the feeling of love but she idolizes Marcel because he’s not black. The dynamics of their relationship play on colonialism. Despite being exoticized and discovered by Marcel, her life finally has meaning because he encounters her. Their relationship implies that people or other nations are defined worthy or interesting according to western civilization. After seeing England for the first time The prefix “post” in “post colonial literature” does not refer to time “after” colonialism, but to “place”, that is to say, places away from the metropolis, seen as marginal and
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