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Though there can be no doubt that the behavior of Lizabeth and the other children towards Miss Lottie and her mentally challenged son is pretty disgusting, it would seem to come down to an...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020, 11:26 am (UTC)

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Throughout the story, Elizabeth tells of her and the other children tormenting Miss Lottie and her marigolds. Elizabeth shows an acute awareness of the fact that she is somewhere between child and...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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Lizabeth’s change begins to occur after the children behead the marigolds. She charges at Miss Lottie, chanting a song, but later regrets her actions. She feels the duality of the situation: the...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 8:34 am (UTC)

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In the short story "Marigolds," by Eugenia Collier, the reader is presented with the characters of Miss Lottie, Lizabeth and her brother Joey. The setting of the story is the Great Depression that...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010, 8:20 am (UTC)

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As an adult, Lizabeth in "Marigolds" realizes that the moment she destroyed those marigolds marked the end of her childhood and of her innocence. She did not need, as an adult, to recognize her...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020, 11:01 am (UTC)

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It's hardly an exaggeration to say that Miss Lottie lived for her marigolds. They were about the only thing in an otherwise sad and lonely life that gave her a reason to get out of bed each...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2020, 11:01 am (UTC)

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The story's protagonist is a young black girl, about the age of fourteen, though she narrates the story after the events have already taken place, and her perspective as an adult has helped her to...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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This story is about the transition from the innocence of childhood to a more realistic understanding of the world. The narrator, Lizabeth, begins the story by describing the dusty setting and later...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "Marigolds" by Eugenia Collier, the author's tone, as established by the first person narrator, a girl named Lizabeth, is somber and reflective. The word "somber" means dark,...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020, 12:47 am (UTC)

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One conflict that both Evangeline and Lizabeth both face is in the struggle with poverty. Lizabeth finds that rural Maryland is gripped in the vise of economic hardship. It is a conflict that...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2014, 2:15 am (UTC)

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The story "Marigolds" has, in effect, two Lizabeth's: the adolescent girl on the brink of adulthood and the wiser, mature adult woman looking back across the decades to analyze and try to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 2:41 pm (UTC)

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Lizbeth faces several conflicts during the summer she describes in "Marigolds." It is most fundamentally a coming-of-age story, expressed through her memories of a single incident. That conflict is...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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One significant event in this short story is the moment when Lizabeth and Joey, and three or four other children, decide to visit Miss Lottie's house, for the sole purpose of annoying her for their...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have another question, please post it separately.] A theme is... ...the central and dominating idea in a literary...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015, 7:42 am (UTC)

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This question is asking you to do two things. First, it is asking you to identify the specific conflict faced by Lizabeth in this short story. Secondly, it is asking you to study the author's...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 1:05 pm (UTC)

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In "Marigolds," the reader meets Lizabeth at two points in her life, as an adult and years earlier as an adolescent. The adult woman clearly expresses how she reflects on the events concerning the...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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There could be many claims (themes) identified in "Marigolds" by Eugenia W. Collier, but one that is stated explicitly is that innocence and compassion cannot co-exist. In order to be truly...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2016, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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My edition of the story (in "Elements of Literature - Third Course") only has "I remember them vividly now as I desperately pass away the time..." to end the second paragraph. Interesting...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2009, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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Marigolds situates Lizabeth’s personal story of growth and change within the largest context of the extreme poverty of the Great Depression. She includes her mother, father, and brother in the...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018, 3:13 am (UTC)

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Understanding the setting of a story is important because the setting shapes the mood and tone. By knowing the setting, the reader can vividly picture where the story is taking place. The story...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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There are three main types of irony. Verbal irony is when a statement seems to contradict itself. Dramatic irony is when you know something that the characters do not. For example, the reader...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 1:21 am (UTC)

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In bed one night on the pallet she shares with her brother, Lizabeth hears her parents arguing about finances. Lizabeth realizes that her father is bitterly upset at the poverty the family lives in...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2021, 6:47 pm (UTC)

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In her teen years, Lizabeth is never a fan of Miss Lottie's prized marigolds. They provide a stark contrast to the ugliness of the town, and Lizabeth, together with the other teenagers, can't make...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2020, 10:51 am (UTC)

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In the story, Lizabeth's adolescence is a major motivating factor in her behavior. We are told how Lizabeth feels from the very beginning of the story. The narrator (Lizabeth) takes us back to that...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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The story indicates that the Depression created great poverty in all parts of the country, and especially among the black community. According to the narrator, the children in her shantytown in...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018, 9:40 am (UTC)

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Lizabeth experiences a moment of true revelation born out of compassion at the climax of the story, after she has taken out her rage and despair on Miss Lottie's marigolds. Early in the story, she...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 1:14 pm (UTC)

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In Eugenia Collier's short story “Marigolds,” the narrator, Lizabeth, hears her father crying in the night. He cannot take care of his family as he wants. There is simply no work for him, and even...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2021, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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Here is essentially what this passage is saying: Of course, we kids did not really have any clear idea about how poor we were. We did not know very much about anything that went on outside our...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010, 2:04 am (UTC)

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In Eugenia Collier's short story "Marigolds," Lizabeth, her brother, Joey, and some friends seem to enjoy tormenting the unfortunate Miss Lottie. Miss Lottie has very little in her life. Her only...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 7:03 pm (UTC)

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At the end of "Marigolds," Lizabeth grows up. She had been a child earlier in the story, innocent, accepting the world of poverty in the Great Depression that was all she knew. But throughout the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2021, 1:20 am (UTC)

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As for many people living through the Great Depression, life is extremely tough for Lizabeth and her family. Lizabeth's father is out of work, like millions of other people across the country....

Latest answer posted August 29, 2021, 7:42 am (UTC)

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