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What is the significance of the name "MYOP" in The Flowers?

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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 way.

At the start of "The Flowers," Myop is an innocent, carefree child living in a post-Civil War world where many African Americans in the South are sharecroppers. Their jobs were difficult and did not yield much financial gain, and they also still had to deal with the racism of the world around them. It seems that Myop's parents, however, have protected her from this reality. She joyfully prances...

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She does not feel as most children do. She does not see very far into the dead man and is only concentrated on picking flowers.

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Myop is a very Naive character and Myopic means to have a lack of foresight or discernment or a narrow view of something she only sees the what's right in front of her until she runs into the body . It's not a life changing experience but she loses some of her childish innocence.

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