Sister: Education and Mrs. Flowers

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Angelou, Maya. “Sister Flowers.” In The Longman Reader by Judith Nadell, John Langan, Eliza A. Comodromos. Eds
New York: PEARSON/Longman, 2007:pg. 87-93

“Sister Flowers” gives the instant expectation of sadness to the reader. Nevertheless, by the end of the second paragraph the reader is drawn into the resilient world of a child. The characters are magically real, and the reader can relate with all of them at some level. Future generations will read Maya Angelou admirable works, continuing to learn from them. Important points of the story to remember are: Marguerite lives with the memory of her rape everyday with no one to talk to, and with no outlet, this produces a lot of anger and shame in a little girl. Marguerite finds temporary solace in the books that she reads.

Marguerites’ pain blinds her to Mrs. Flowers’ friendship to her grandmother. She does not realize what her eyes already see when Sister Flowers and her grandmother are together. Audience:
The audience is the author herself, and the general public as this essay is part of an autobiographical series. Thesis:
The thesis is a person’s first life line from a traumatic event early in life.

Transitional phrases:
“Although I was upset,” “Occasionally”, “One summer afternoon,” “When I finished the cookies” “On that first day,” “I was liked,”

Close Reading:
1. The dominant impression or thesis is located in Para. 1. “Then I met, or rather got to know, the lady who threw me my first life line.”, again in Para. 11 “It would be safe to say that she made me proud to be Negro, just by being herself.”, and once more in Para. 45 “It was enough to prove that she liked me.”

2. Angelou admired Mrs. Flowers' strong character that showed tolerance and acceptance. Angelou learned to look beyond the cover of a book to find the beauty in the words; consequently, she learned to do this with people as she grew.

3. Angelou was ashamed of Momma...
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