Important paragraphs from "Marigolds:"
- The opening paragraph is important because it introduces the story's setting, establishes the point of view of the narrator, and introduces the marigolds metaphor.
- The third paragraph describes the depth of despair caused by the Great Depression especially upon "the black workers of rural Maryland."
- The paragraph which describes Miss Lottie's marigolds clarifies the source of the protagonist's rage.
- The paragraph in which Lizabeth's destructive actions enables the reader to begin to ask the deep questions which need to be asked about the results of povery on the human spirit.
- The final paragraph gives the adult protagonist the opportunity to reflect upon her childhood and her journery toward "coming of age."