What is the dominant impression (or thesis) of "Sister Flowers"?i also wanted to know the main ideal of the story.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My dominant impression of Mrs. Flowers is that she was a powerful role model for Maya Angelou. She represented the aristocracy of the community, and set an example for Angelou that seems to have lasted all of her life. Mrs. Flowers was a true gentlewoman, with a good heart, beautiful manners, and a sincere interest in Angelou. In that time and place, she would have been referred to as "a woman of culture."  She kept a beautiful home, clean and sweet-smelling, she dressed beautifully, had great charm, and an interest in books and education. The power and authority of this woman to a child of Angelou's background must have been overwhelming.