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The Flowers

The main theme of this short story is the fall from innocence. Myop, a child, has lived a sheltered life in the idyllic "garden" of her home. As summer ends and fall comes, every day seems to her...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020, 10:59 am (UTC)

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Myop's name probably indicates that she is, figuratively, "short-sighted," or myopic. In Alice Walker's short story "The Flowers," Myop does not remain short-sighted but only begins the story that...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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Plot refers to the series of events that occur in a story and the order in which they take place, and structure refers to the way these events are organized as well as their relationship to one...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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As the previous answers have noted, The Flowers is a story of childhood innocence, and the loss of that innocence due to the hash realities of the world. However, it is in many ways a story of...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015, 12:31 am (UTC)

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This is a good question, because the story doesn't really go into detail about her thoughts, feelings or fears. Instead, it only shows what she does. So, we have to infer what she is feeling,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010, 1:38 am (UTC)

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Even though "The Flowers" is not a long story, it is filled with amazing descriptions and details, and contains a profound message of lost innocence at the end. One way that Alice Walker...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2011, 7:21 am (UTC)

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Alice Walker's story "The Flowers" is about a child's loss of innocence. More particularly, it is about a black child's confrontation with the brutality of racism. Myop is a ten-year-old girl, the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018, 8:49 am (UTC)

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This story is about Myop's loss of innocence, driven by her realization that the world is not kind to black people, like herself. We are explicitly told that Myop has "dark brown" skin. While the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018, 11:36 am (UTC)

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Walker uses the details of setting and juxtaposition to create an ominous and eventually bleak mood in "The Flowers." As the story opens, it is autumn. The protagonist, young Myop, skips as she...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2020, 11:04 am (UTC)

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Ten-year-old Myop is cheerfully gathering flowers on a summer day, feeling happy and carefree. She goes into the woods she has explored many times before to search for more flowers. This time, she...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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"Myop" is an unusual name and perhaps is short for "Myopia," which is the condition of being near-sighted. We're not given any information about Myop's name; perhaps it was chosen because the word...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019, 12:07 pm (UTC)

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There are many symbolic references related to nature in this story, so I'll focus my efforts there since the previous educators have given a great explanation of some of the others. Cotton appears...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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The key conflict in this story is between innocence and experience, or the innocence of Myop, the key character, in her childlike wonder and attitude to the world, and then the state of experience...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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This line represents the theme and the conflict resolution simultaneously. The theme is the loss of innocence, seen in Myop's abrupt realization of the evil that men are capable of. At the same...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2013, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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Walker uses onomatopoeia early in the story to convey the lighthearted ease with which Myop taps out the beat of a song with her stick: She was ten, and nothing existed for her but song, the stick...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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The point of view for most of Alice Walker's "The Flowers" is that of an omniscient narrator, but it becomes third person objective near the story's end. For most of the story, the narrator knows...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016, 9:16 am (UTC)

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Alice Walker's short story "Flowers" is notable for its compactness and brevity. The author wastes no words in establishing the setting and atmosphere in the first two paragraphs, using a series...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2009, 12:50 am (UTC)

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This very short, short story surely packs a punch in the end. The simple title of "The Flowers" starts the reader on a positive note and the majority of the descriptions in the first paragraph...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2010, 8:55 am (UTC)

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The conflict in "The Flowers" is that of a child's life of dreamy beauty and innocent happiness clashing with the cruel reality of racial hatred and its death message. When Myop, (whose name...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016, 3:28 am (UTC)

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As with most interpretations of Walker's "The Flowers," the noose represents the harsh reality Myop is now perceiving. The noose creates Myop's loss of innocence, but its symbolic representation...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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The flowers in this story work in tandem with many other symbols to indicate Myop's coming-of-age and her loss of innocence. In order to gather the flowers, she must "[turn] her back on the rusty...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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In the story, Myop only lays down her flowers after she discovers the noose. Prior to this, she notices a wild, pink rose she wants to add to her collection of flowers. In the act of lifting up the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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On its surface, and almost until the very end, "The Flowers" seems to be a sweet little tale about a girl, Myop, who is enjoying a stroll through the forest. She is young, happy, innocent and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2010, 7:10 am (UTC)

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Tone is used very effectively in the story to help the reader see the little girl’s loss of innocence. Tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject. You can tell the tone from the diction....

Latest answer posted October 26, 2014, 11:28 pm (UTC)

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It isn't just the discovery of a human skull that changes Myop. She is “unafraid” and only gives “a little yelp of surprise” having stepped on the skull. It’s the noose that finally establishes the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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Walker's brief and haunting story suggests that appearances are deceiving. Myop is a happy young child enjoying a summer's day. She is skipping through the woods, carrying flowers, and enjoying...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008, 11:49 am (UTC)

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Myop’s unexpected introduction to the brutal and grisly aspect of the world brings about a change in her. Until now, her world began and ended with the woods, the stream, flowers, pigs and chickens...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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Think about the images or feelings you associate with flowers. Usually, flowers are a thing of beauty. People give flowers to their loved ones or use them to decorate their own homes. For most...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010, 5:52 am (UTC)

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"The Flowers" by Alice Walker is a very short story, and because of its length, there is not a terrible amount of explicit detail about setting. But thanks to Walker's prowess as a short story...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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Paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 reveal that Myop lives the simple life of a sharecropper's daughter. As sharecroppers, her family is presumably poor; so, Myop's play consists of her exploration of the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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In her story “The Flowers,” Alice Walker creates a complex character in Myop by using a variety of literary techniques and elements. The narrative remains focused on the little girl and offers her...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2021, 5:30 am (UTC)

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Myop’s confrontation with the grim and dark reality of the world surrounding her induced the change in her. So far cocooned in parental love and care, Myop had been living in her own innocent and...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 5:59 am (UTC)

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In "The Flowers" by Alice Walker, the author uses several phrases and suggestions to build tension until the short story reaches its unexpected and tragic ending. The story begins with a...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2021, 12:57 am (UTC)

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This is obviously a subjective question that could only be answered in earnest by the person asked. However, there is one very obvious moment that is incredibly shocking in Alice Walker's "The...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019, 9:10 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010, 2:17 am (UTC)

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Walker's intention was to remind readers of racism in this country, and that the racism has a base in history. If we forget the history, we are doomed to repeat it. The history comes in the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2008, 9:32 am (UTC)

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Alice Walker’s “The Flowers” is about an afternoon in the life of Myop, the daughter of sharecroppers in post-Civil War America. Although the story is quite brief, Walker paints a vivid picture of...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 5:00 am (UTC)

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One of the themes of "The Flowers" is that a young child is not shocked or frightened or even sickened at coming across a dead body. The girl even steps on the body without much of a reaction. A...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2009, 10:35 am (UTC)

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Alice Walker's story "The Flowers" is similar to Paul Haggis' Crash in the sense that both works explore the theme of racism and its effects on society. In "The Flowers," a little girl's innocence...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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As the story opens, Myop is characterized as a naive and innocent young girl who thinks of the world as a beautiful place. At ten years old, she feels "light" and "good" and is enjoying the summer...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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In this story, Myop is 10 years old, which is an age right on the cusp of adulthood, but still firmly standing in the world of childhood. She is carefree, life is good, she feels safe, protected...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010, 1:58 am (UTC)

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The short story "The Flowers" by Alice Walker tells of an ten-year-old African American girl named Myop who lives in a sharecropper cabin with her family. She is innocent and carefree as she...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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Walker uses carefully-chosen language and symbolism to convey the theme of discovery in this short story. Her protagonist, Myop, has a name which connotes short-sightedness or myopia and,...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019, 9:58 am (UTC)

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As it is more implied that "The Flowers" takes place during the Reconstruction era and that Myop is the daughter of sharecroppers, it is safe to say that she herself is not a slave. The most...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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"The Flowers" by Alice Walker is a powerful short story about a young girl's discovery of death in the beauty of nature. I believe the answer to your question lies in the setting itself. At the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 3:20 am (UTC)

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In her story "The Flowers," Alice Walker does not specify the overall geographic location. Because Walker generally writes about the United States, the reader can infer that this story also has a...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021, 8:04 am (UTC)

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One may be happier in certain situations when one’s oblivious to the truth, but calling ignorance bliss wouldn't, perhaps, be right. In the story “The Flowers,” Myop’s existence, until she...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016, 3:50 pm (UTC)

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The main difference between what occurs in the two young lives of the protagonists of Walker's and Updike's stories is that the loss of a romantic notion of life is forced upon Myop while Sammy...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2016, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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The opening paragraphs of "The Flowers" portray a pastoral scene of rustic and natural beauty and peace. Walking outside at a sharecropper's farm, Myop delights in nature: The air held a keenness...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2016, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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In Alice Walker's "The Flowers," the narrator shows the aftermath of a lynching through the eyes of an innocent young girl named Myop, who happens to be collecting flowers when she finds the body....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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