Marigolds, Lizabeth

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Paul E

Mrs. Terashima

English 1

31 January 2011

Lizabeth is...

The character Lizabeth in "Marigolds" by Eugenia W. Collier is a growing child. Like any other child, Lizabeth does her chores when she is supposed to and runs wild when it is time to run wild. Lizabeth explains, "After a few chores around the tumbledown shanty, Joey and I were free to run wild in the sun with other children similarly situated," (50). When she hears her dad cry, she feels lost and expresses her feelings on Miss Lottie's marigolds. In the beginning, Lizabeth shows that she is childish; in the middle of the story, troublesome events happen which makes Lizabeth lost and in the end, she loses her mind and realizes her mistake, which makes her a wiser person.

At first, Lizabeth reveals her immaturity when she is disturbing Miss Lottie. Lizabeth and her friends display their immaturity by chanting madly about Miss Lottie. Lizabeth tells us she "ran out of the bushes . . . straight toward Miss Lottie chanting madly, 'old witch, fell in a ditch, picked up a penny and thought she was rich!'"(55). This chant was really uncalled for and unnecessary, but they chanted away for the thrill. Lizabeth's immaturity causes her to annoy Miss Lottie as if she had to. Lizabeth explains, "we had to annoy her . . . revealing in our youth and mocking her age,"(53). Lizabeth knows she is annoying Miss Lottie, but she still continues to bother her. Therefore, by annoying and mocking Miss Lottie, they not only reveal their age, but also their immaturity.

In the middle of the story, Lizabeth becomes confused when she hears her dad crying. Lizabeth explains, "My mother, who was small and soft, was now the strength of the family; my father, who was the rock on which the family had been built on, was sobbing like the tiniest child,"(56). She finds it very confusing to hear the "rock" of the family cry. Lizabeth is shocked to hear her dad cry and her mom comfort him. Wither...
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