Analysis Of The Flowers

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The story commences with Myop skipping outside her house enjoying the beautiful weather and summer air “the air held a keenness that made her nose twitch (Walker)”. For a while Myop continues to play and sing on the farm, just like a young girl would; with absolutely no worries “Nothing exist for her but her song (Walker)”. The causative incident occurs when Myop decides to explore the woods behind her house and ends up discovering “various common but pretty ferns and leaves, an armful of strange blue flowers with velvety ridges and a sweet suds bush (Walker)”. The rising action begins to arise around noon. Here, she has an arm full of her findings and realizes she is far from home when she senses an eerie change in the atmosphere. The climax emerges when she decides to find her way home. Myop suddenly gets her foot caught in something and she bravely pulls her it free, before looking at the demolished face below her. The falling action is revealed when Myop realizes what she stepped on. She detects the rest of the body and finds evidence that suggest the man was lynched to death. At this point she lays her flowers down and Walker introduces the readers to the main theme by concluding the short story with “And summer was over (Walker)”.
The Protagonist of The Flowers is Myop. She is a 10-year-old African-American “the stick clutched in her dark brown hand (walker)” who sees no wrong in ‘her world’. Myops character is introduced as playful and content. Her character then develops to include curiosity and careless “today she made her own path vaguely keeping an eye out for snakes (Walker).”By the end of the story Myops character evolves in maturity, thoughtfulness and wisdom “Frayed, rooted, bleached, and frazzled—barely there—but spinning restlessly in the breeze. Myop laid down her flowers (Walker)”. In setting down her flowers near the dead body Myop is giving up summer and showing maturity. The antagonists of the story are the unseen characters responsible for the man death. It is safe to assume that they were white males, because of the method used to execute the man in the woods and the times period. The unseen characters executed the African- American man, which is the...

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