Comparing "The Killer" By Judith Wright And "The Flowers" By Alice Walker

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Bibliography:Mainly took notes from teacher, used wikipedia to look at the writer "Judith Wright's" background:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_WrightBoth the poem "The Killer" by Judith Wright and "The flowers" by Alice Walker deals with death, but in different ways. "The Killer" outline an incident of a girl killing a snake, suggesting that us human beings kill things that we fear, that we believe is harmful. While Alice Walker's "The Flower" is an account of one child's loss of innocence, as she steps on a dead body, and discover facts that kills her innocents.The use of symbolism helps emphasizes the story's meaning, and its message. The story begins with young Myop skipping around her family's farm. This scene is stetted in the summer, which represents life. There are vivid descriptions of colorful nature, and summer, the time of harvesting, such as; how "she felt light and good in the warm sun" and how "she watched the tiny white bubbles disrupt the tiny black scale of soil and the water that silently rose and slid away down the stream." Her own movements are described as jovial; little Myop skipping around, "bouncing this way and that." Myop picks flowers.The "stepping incident" occurs when Myop decides to turn back to the house, to the "peacefulness of the morning." There is a clear separation between jovial nature and monstrous horror, with the onomatopoeic word "smack", as it appears in the sentence "it was then she stepped smack into his eyes."The rotted clothes on the man's body gives us the impression that the body has been there for a while, and maybe suggest that no one cared even if he has been there for a while. Previously, there is no indication given of man being dead from before; as Myop steps incidentally, described as "stepped into his eyes," creates an added sense of shock and vulgarity.The end of summer represents death, which is a great contract to the start of the story. The tone changes to focus on the rotted clothes of the tall man, and the rotted noose. There are uses of negative descriptive words, such as "frayed, rotted, bleached, and frazzled." The word "rotted" has been used repeatedly, properly to emphasize its meanings. As the story closes, "Myop laid sown her flowers"; the innocence is lost.The presence of noose implies lynching, it creates images of dead body being left out to rot after a hanging in reader's mind, despite it's lack of direct description of any of this in text.There has not been much description about the dead men, and the only description: "He had...

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