"Flowers" Essay

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In the short story "The Flowers," there are examples of diction, symbolism, and setting that prepare the reader for the ending. The example of diction throughout the story is the narrator's word choice, which prepares the reader for shifts in mood. The example of symbols in the story are the flowers, which represent innocence and youth. The setting that changes from light and cheerful to dark bring forth the grotesque ending. Despite all the example differing, they all foreshadow the ending to the short story.

In the beginning of the story, Walker uses diction to create an atmosphere that is happy and innocent: "It seemed to Myop as she skipped lightly from hen house to pigpen to smokehouse that the days had never been as beautiful as these" (Walker). As the story goes forth, there is a shift in the mood between paragraph four and five. The diction in paragraphs 1-4 was care-free and happy, on the other hand, language in paragraphs 5-9 are negative and dreadful. Myop describes the "strangeness of the land" and how it was "not as pleasant" as her usual adventures. Furthermore, she uses words like "gloomy" and "damp" to convey the dark setting and prepare the reader for the conclusion of the story.

Secondly, Walker uses symbolism in the short story by using the flowers, representing the beauty and sweetness of innocence: "She found, in addition to various but pretty ferns and leaves, an armful of strange blue flowers with velvety ridges and a sweet suds bush full of the brown fragrant buds" (Walker). Myop carries flowers with her that are as beautiful and blind as she is herself about the harsh world. Ironically, she find a beautiful "wild pink rose" in the middle of the remains of a noose and is blind to the cruel way the skeleton laying in front of her died. She is young, naive, and completely unaware of the face that people were hanged just based on the color of their skin. The flowers represent the blindness that childhood possesses. At the end the "wild...
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