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Marigolds Essay

1000 words - 4 pages

By Eugenia W. Collier.

The scene of the marigolds are brightly blooming every summer in the field always remind me of a short story with a title “ Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Collier. Using a lot of nature symbols, and description to tell a story under a fourteen-year-old girl perspective, Collier was successful to lead readers return back her childhood memories as she lived in impoverished, dust and darkness but keep looking forward to better things in life that was a bright blossoms marigolds never faded in hope.
This story is about a fourteen-year-old girl, Elizabeth who grew up during the Great Depressing in impoverished rural of Maryland. Her family was struggling in ...view middle of the document...

” She felt guilty, “awkward and ashamed” that moment marked the end of innocence.
The Secondary character that played a big role in this story was Ms. Lottie. She was Elizabeth’s neighbor and also lived in the poverty. Kids looked at her as a “witch”. They loved to call her “ Old lady witch” and throw stones into her flowers, marigolds. They know how much love Miss Lottie put in marigold mounds that she carefully took care of “ all summer, every summer, down on her creaky knees, weeding and cultivating and arranging.” To her, marigolds were happiness and hope that helped her lived through the darkness. She wanted to pass it on the next generation so that they could have a reason to live.
Collier used a lot of symbols in Marigolds to describe and explain deeply inside the story and all characters’ reaction as well. The first symbol was really interesting is John Burke, Miss Lottie’s son. Why Collier put him in a story even though he didn’t do anything for the marigolds? He was known as “ queer-headed” because there was something wrong with his mentally. Collier created this character in a purpose. “ If you intruded upon his fantasies, he would become enraged, strike out at you, and curse at you in some strange enchanted language which only he could understand.” He was an explanation for Elizabeth action later when she ripped off all marigolds. It was an unconsciously action when John Burke and Elizabeth weren’t mature enough to know what should do or not.
The marigolds was a big symbol that Eugenia W. Collier used to explain what she wanted to tell in her story, the brightest color that was standout from a murky ugly picture. “ Miss Lottie’s marigolds were perhaps the strangest part of the picture.” “ They interfered with the perfect ugliness of the place; “too beautiful”, and “… too much that we could not understand…” Even though Miss Lottie’s life was in a dark, dull, and boring background, she...

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