In "The Flowers", pick out two moments in the story that have the greatest impact and why?

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1.  "It was then she stepped smack into his eyes."  Alice Walker makes a point of describing the little girl's perfectly happy, carefree amble through the woods, and then this-she steps onto a man's head.  It is so unexpected because it is so out of the realm of what your mind is thinking of at that point.  It is so weird and out-of-place, that I re-read it, wondering if I had gotten it right.  How was it possible?  Did Walker really write that?  And does it really mean someone's real eyes, or was she speaking figuratively?  It catches you off guard and takes some back and forward-reading to really realize that yes, she had in fact stepped on a real person's head.

2.  Myop's initial reaction to the corpse:  "Myop gazed around the spot with interest", and seeing a rose, goes to pick it.  It appears that she isn't even phased.  She stepped in a rotting corpse for pete's sake, and she merely looks about "with interest" (not horror, not paralytic dismay).  It is only after she realizes that he was lynched that Walker indicates the real reaction:  "And the summer was over."  So there is such a huge difference between Myop's initial reaction, to what Walker eludes is her second reaction, and it's and interesting comparison.