The devastating tragedy of losing a person's mother at an early age can drastically affect that person's life. It can impact the way someone thinks, corresponds with others, and the way someone handles themselves emotionally. In the novel The Secret Life of Bees Lily Owens loses her mother at the early age of four. During Lily's journey she finds comfort and support in the women that she meets. Throughout the novel Lily goes through many changes because of the impact of the motherly figures of the Black Mary, Rosaleen, and the Calendar Sisters.
Flowers. Mrs. Flowers was the one who helps Maya regain her voice. She used her unusual techniques to gain Maya’s confident. She knew that Maya like poetry and used that as a reinforcement to free her voice. “That’s good, but not good enough. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning (Street, 2017),” those where Mrs. Flower words to Maya. Furthermore, Mrs. Flowers challenge Maya by stating “you do not love poetry, not until you speak it (Street, 2017).” It was that saying and Mrs. Flower’s actions that encourage Maya to speak again at the age of 13. Maya’s teacher was her motivation to become an educator in poetry and humanities.
In the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, the main character, Lily Owens struggles with the notion that she killed her mother and has to live with her abusive, neglectful father, T-Ray. Throughout, Lily searches for information about her mother and why she left her. Unexpectedly, she stumbles upon new mother figures that play an important role in changing Lily to the person she is in later. The typical sequence of a hero’s journey includes a departure, initiation and trials, and reintegration into society. By the end, Lily Owens developes into a more mature, independent young women after experiencing a difficult childhood.
At first, Ms. Tate (the person who looks over the kids at the orphanage) looks up the name of the person who wrote Poppy the message, Delphinia Larkspur, and she says “I can't find a thing about a Delphinia Larkspur” (Shadow House, Poblocki, Page 9). Once they get there, they discover that it is haunted. There are children in these masks that are trying to kill all of the new kids. They also find out many things like the haunted house can move it's rooms and hallways and furniture and the kids in the masks all have something in common with the new kids. This thing that they have in common is like a curse that is making the kids in the masks trapped in shadow house. This is why the kids in the masks are trying to kill the new kids, so they don't have to live with the curse anymore and so the new kids take their places. Also, they realize that Dylan was killed by Dash accidentally in the past, so Dylan was just his imagination. The last three things they realized was that the girl in the mirror was trying to help Poppy when Poppy thought that the girl in the mirror was evil. And that if they take off the masks of the kids in the masks and make them look at another masked kid, it breaks the curse for that kid. Also, when Marcus plays his music, it hurts the masked kids for some reason. I believe that all of these things are very important because it shows many different ideas/themes that the story has that makes the
The description details how neat, clean, up scaled, homely and the feeling of love surrounding being there. The cookies and lemonade are important because Mrs. Flowers made the especially for her and it was like the two having tea with sandwiches.
Another character that is connected to a flower is Mrs. Maudie because just like the Azaleas she keeps positiveness even though she's surrounded by negativity. The author quotes, “Always wanted a smaller house, Jem
Seemingly, the flowers represent Elisa. She believes she is strong and tough and able to accomplish anything thrown her way; however, taken for granted as she is only a woman allowed to look and act accordingly. Surrounding the flowers is a wire fence set up to keep out predators and to separate the flowers from the rest of the farm. The wire fence is symbolic in the fact that it is identical to the world Elisa lives in. Elisa is contained within the farm, unable to explore or leave without the help of someone else. Elisa is stuck on the farm, isolated from the rest of the world so that she can be kept safe. Naive and unaware of how the world works, her husband keeps her on the farm to protect her from harm. When Elisa gives the chrysanthemum to the travelling merchant, she gives him a small piece of herself. Later, as her and her husband are driving to town, she sees the flower tossed aside as though it was nothing; as a result, she realizes she could never go off on and live the way the merchant had. The flowers embody her character still, and how out of her home without protection, the world can be harsh and cruel. In short, Elisa’s isolation leaves her ignorant, unable to understand how callous the world is, and comes to the bleak realization that she can’t live a life anywhere outside of her fence. Because of how women were treated, constantly pushed down and unable to pursue their interests, Elisa is left unable to learn what life has to offer. Learning
She saw the dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold the revelation. Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid." (Eyes 10) Only after feeling other kinds of love does Janie finally gain the love like that between the bee and the blossom. Nanny, Janie's grandmother and primary caregiver in the novel, gives Janie a kind of protective love, as does her first husband. Janie's second husband provided he with a kind of escape from this protective and unsatisfying love of her first husband. Joe, her second husband, is a man of lofty goals and charisma, and Janie feels that this might be the first time in her life that she may find true love. However, Joe is extremely possessive and abusive, treating Janie as a trophy. This is a major hardship for Janie, one that she must bravely endure and overcome. In her search for love and losses she suffers, Janie gains independence. Throughout this quest for independence and love, Janie encounters the harsh judgement of others. One woman, Mrs. Turner, is especially opinionated. " 'And dey makes me tired. Always laughin'! Dey laughs too much and dey laughs too loud. Always singin'
The setting of Alice Walkers short story” The Flowers” is important for us, the readers to obtain a perspective of how life was like growing up for a 10 year old African American girl by the name of Myop. The title of the story is “The Flowers.” When you think about flowers, you instantly compare them to being beautiful, pure, and innocent. The title of the “The Flowers” is a symbolism that correlates to Myop who is the protagonist of the story. Myop is just like a flower in the beginning of the story. She’s a pure and innocent child but that pure innocence changes when she discovers something that’ll change her life forever.
How does Mrs.Flowers throw a life line to marguerite? Mrs.Flowers threw Marguerite her first life line by influising her to speak and being a good example. Mrs.Flowers heard about Marguerite and asked his she can carrie her groceries. In the book “Mrs.Flowers” Marguerite was a depressed person. To throw out your first life line meant to be saved by someone or yourself. In this situation Marguerite was save by Mrs.Flowers.
The essays basically gave a partial view into these characters’ lives and informed us on why they like or dislike doing something specific in their lives. I liked the “Why I Hate Putting My Children to Bed” and how the author dreaded dealing with her kids’ shenanigans at bedtime. The fact that she wanted to just turn them off at night like you would a light switch was hilarious. Her point of view on what she had to endure when putting the kids to bed made the essay quite humorous. With there being so many arduous tasks in life, I would never have imagined putting kids to bed would be one of those tasks for someone! It was very interesting from her point of view and her tone kept me reading and laughing.
Mary Sue tells Bud that the people want to ask him a question. The characters ask Bud what is outside of Pleasantville, which demonstrates that they are becoming real as they are curious. Bud proceeds to tell everyone that there are roads and rivers that keep going. Everyone’s eyes light up and it is evident that they want to know more. A character hands Bud a book that is in colour and that also has some words in it. Before that time, all the books in the town were blank. The book is in colour because it is something new to the people and they are realizing there is more beyond Pleasantville. As Bud continued telling them the story, the book would fill with more words. They were all questioning how the story ends, and had the type of excitement a kid does. This scene is important because it reveals that the people are intrigued about knowledge and want contrast from their ordinary lives. The characters are inquisitive and begin wondering about life. It also shows how the youth are more accepting of