Analysis of The Flowers by Alice Walker

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Analysis of ’The Flowers’ by Alice Walker How do we lose our childish way of seeing the world? How can we suddenly they see the world as it is, in all its evil? ‘The Flowers’ is a story about a young girl who goes through an experience that forces her into changing her way of seeing life, and it presents themes like growing up and loss of innocence. The main character of the story is Myop, a 10-year-old girl without any major worries in life. The only thing we know about her physical appearance is that she is of African descent because it is mentioned that her hand is dark brown. It is unknown whether she lives in Africa or is a descendant of—or maybe even one of—the African slaves brought to America. Myop has a very childish and…show more content…
It refers to the fact that Myop, for instance, at first does not at all seem scared when she steps down into the man’s skull. She is nearsighted—she does not see the whole picture and does not understand that the man was executed and left there to rot. She just gazes interested at the spot where he is lying, and it is first at the very end of the story, when she sees the remains of the noose spinning in the air, that she finally understands what is really going on and loses her ‘nearsightedness’. Another symbol is the season in which the story is set. In the summer the sun is warm and she feels light and good. The summer symbolizes her happy and innocent childhood but then, when she loses her myopic view on the world; when she realizes the truth about the dead man, her childhood is over. This is seen in the text in the two very last sentences on P.2 L.10-11: Myop laid down her flowers. And the summer was over. Her bundle of flowers is a symbol of her innocence and her laying them down symbolizes her putting away that innocence, suddenly not without any worries. I believe that both the new blue flowers Myop finds and the fact that she is wandering off on her own, which is unusual, are symbols of her leaving the security of the childhood behind and going off into the unknown. The symbols are characterized by all relating to the themes growing up and loss on innocence.
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