The Loss of Innocence
Alice Walker (1944), an African/American woman was born in Eatonton, Georgia. She won the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her best-known novel, The Color Purple (1982). Her short story, The Flowers, is from 1973, a time where the Civil Rights Movement was trying to create an equal society, where blacks and whites could live peacefully together. It was also a time, where many African-American people lived in fear of the racism of the white (reportingcivilrights). It is about an African/American girl named Myop, who loses her innocence as a result of stepping on a dead man’s skull. By reading this story, we could have full understanding and acknowledging of the symbolism in it. Alice Walker’s story is divided into two parts. The first part is written with positive expression: “keenness” air, the sun is “warm.” The second paragraph describe how innocence Myop is, “she struck out at random chickens at she likes (20).” A ten years old girl named Myop, with her knobby stick, skips along singing her song; nothing existed for her but her song, very naïve. Walker also tells the readers what season of year it is by describing, “The harvesting of the corn and cotton, peanuts and squash, made everyday a golden surprise”. It is the summer time, time of harvesting. Everyday is beautiful, she feels good in the “warm sun.” The third paragraph describes briefly about her family, “sharecropper,” They are poor, the sharecropper cabin is made of rusty boards, and the life that she is living in…drink water from the spring where wild flowers grew. The end of the paragraph is the beginning of the negative expression, “Myop watched the tiny white bubbles disrupt the thin black scale of soil and the water rose and slid away down the stream (Schakel and Ridl, 20)." As she begins to explore the woods, "Today she made her own path, bouncing this way and that way, vaguely keeping an eye out for snakes. She found, in addition to various...
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