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What is the significance of the name "MYOP" in The Flowers?

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coolsmt6 | Student, Grade 11

Posted March 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM via web

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What is the significance of the name "MYOP" in The Flowers?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 31, 2008 at 10:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Myop could be short for myopathy. Myopathy is a condition that leaves a person with short-sightedness. Myop revels in her own world. She takes pleasure in her family, but might not see it as clearly as she should.

There is also the issue of racism. Myop could be short-sighted in the fact that racism is already a part of her life. She tends not to look into things to deeply.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 31, 2008 at 12:08 PM (Answer #2)

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I think the previous answerer meant to say Myopia, which is the medical name for nearsightedness. However, Myopathy, which is a muscular disease, fits the character as well. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines myopathy as a neuromuscular disorder

in which the primary symptom is muscle weakness due to dysfunction of muscle fiber. Other symptoms of myopathy can include include muscle cramps, stiffness, and spasm.

Ordinarily when a 10-year-old child--or a person of any age--not just discovers a dead body but actually steps on it, the response would be horror. We expect her to run screaming to tell someone. Myop, however, just reaches down to pull her shoe out of the man's head, as if her reactions are dysfunctional. She even continues to pick flowers. The only thing that seems to move her is the sight of the noose around the dead man's neck.

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laconic-platonic | Student, Grade 11

Posted September 14, 2008 at 7:19 AM (Answer #3)

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Myop is a very Naive character and Myopic means to have a lack of foresight or discernment or a narrow view of something she only sees the what's right in front of her until she runs into the body . It's not a life changing experience but she loses some of her childish innocence.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:43 PM (Answer #4)

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She does not feel as most children do. She does not see very far into the dead man and is only concentrated on picking flowers.

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