Analysis Of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower By Eugenia Collier

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Many stories have a nostalgic feel to them such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Bildungsroman stories also attract more readers when the characters speak about their past selves, some novels include Matilda by Roald Dahl, Holes by Louis Sachar, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Eugenia Collier’s use of literary devices in her short story “Marigolds,” portray the narrator’s nostalgia for the past. Collier uses dark symbolism to portray Lizabeth’s desolate and poverty stricken childhood community. The author also uses melancholy similes to interpret how moldable Lizabeth’s personality is. Lastly Collier uses character development to help the…show more content…
Eugenia’s use of literary devices complement the theme, which is swiftly experiencing the loss of innocence. Colliers use of dark symbolism conveys the narrator's nostalgia for the past, because the reader comes to understand where Lizabeth is from and how she perseveres. In the beginning of the story, Lizabeth says to herself “When I think of my youth, all that I seem to remember is dust-the brown, crumbly dust of late summer- adrid sterile dust that gets into the eyes and makes them water, gets into the throat and between the toes of bare brown feet”(Collier 228). The author shows how Lizabeth only remembers the bad features about her town, like the dirt. The audience sees how the dirt symbolises poverty and oppression. Since she is a poor African American girl living during the Great Depression she suffers from racism and segregation constantly. When Lizabeth thinks back to her
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