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How is the theme of death present in the short story "The Flowers" by Alice Walker?

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The most obvious way that death is present as a theme is through the fact that Myop discoveres an actual dead person in the forest, and has to come to the harsh reality that people die, and sometimes in horrible and cruel ways.  The details of the corpse--the teeth, eye-sockets, rotted clothes--all add to the strength of that theme.

Beyond that, however, death is present symbolically also.  After her discovery of the noose,...

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