She lets her erratic emotions get the better of her, and commits one last act of immaturity. After furiously destroying Ms. Lottie’s marigolds-the only form of beauty left for the whole neighborhood- Lizabeth realized that “that was the moment when childhood faded and womanhood began.” When Lizabeth had seen Ms. Lottie’s look of melancholy and sorrow, she had finally understood how gravely important the marigolds were to the old lady. In that moment, Lizabeth knew what she had done was remorseful, and she couldn’t help but feel compassionate towards her, “Whatever verve there was left in her, whatever was of love and beauty and joy that had not been squeezed out by life, had been there in the marigolds she had so tenderly cared for.” Innocence, maturity, and compassion; all of which Lizabeth felt during her transition from child to adult. In conclusion, though her past-childish endeavors, it tediously guided her to become the woman she eventually developed into. In light of the path to maturity, “The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to
Lizbeth in her distress at overhearing her parents conversation directs her anger and fear at Miss. Lottie’s marigolds . The marigolds a symbolize beauty that only Ms. Lottie, a scary old lady , possesses. “For some perverse reason, we children hated those marigolds. They interfered with the perfect ugliness of the place.”(5).
In Ella Enchanted, the main character, Ella, has been given a curse by her godmother, Lucinda. The curse makes it so Cinderella has to do everything she is told. Cinderella’s stepsisters use the curse against her and make her do things that she would not do because of her good nature. In Ella Enchanted, the glass slippers are used in a different scene than most Cinderella myths. The slippers are stolen by Ella because her sisters
The transition of her mindset from child to adult takes place very quickly once Lizabeth destroyed the marigolds. Lizabeth sobs, thinking, “For as I gazed at the immobile face with the sad, weary eyes, I gazed upon a kind of reality which is hidden to childhood.” Lizabeth’s rash decision to trample the marigolds causes her to see Miss Lottie and the world from a new, adult perspective. Furthermore, Lizabeth realizes a newfound compassion upon the death of her ignorance. These changes allow Lizabeth to have empathy for Miss Lottie and see who she truly
Eugenia Collier the author of the short story ‘Marigolds’ uses tone and diction to set a feeling of transitioning from a little child from an impoverished little town to another person who showed compassion. One example of the author using tone and diction to create a voice is on page 18, paragraph 19, “...we made up tales that we half believed ourselves about her exploits.”. In this quotation she has the tone and diction of a little child. She is making fun of Miss Lottie, a old woman who grew marigolds in her front yard that she and her brother and friends made fun of and ruined. Another example of the author using tone and diction to create a voice is on page 19, paragraph 24, “I just stood there peering through the bushes, torn between
Lottie’s flowers were also a symbol of beauty to all of the ugliness around her it helped her believe that there was hope and even though everything was ugly around them something could be beautiful. But at the time Elizabeth could not see that she didn't understand the meaning until it was too late and they had been destroyed. On page 223-24 lines 362-54 she was telling us the meaning of the flowers and how she now knew why Ms. Lottie kept them in her yard against all of the ugliness. In the story the author what the author said about the marigolds she destroyed and what they meant to Ms. Lottie. The author said,” Whatever verve was left in her, whatever was of love and beauty and joy that had not been squeezed out by life, had been there in the marigolds she had so tenderly cared for.” So atlast she finally realised she understood what and why she had the marigolds in her yard even though by now it was too late because she had destroyed all of the beauty that was left in in those horrible
She realizes she has a way out and starts to blame the witchcraft. She uses the situation to improve her reputation in the town. While Mrs. Putnam is the witch in the shadows pointing fingers at everyone. She first wanted Tituba to help Ruth, who is her only child that survived, yet later on she ends up blaming Tituba for all of her babies dying. Mrs. Putnam is squealing to Reverend Parris that her babies died because Tituba allowed witchcraft in the
When Lizabeth became a woman her first realization was that one cannot have both compassion and innocence. Compassion is showing pity for another’s sufferings. Just like Lizabeth was able to have compassion for Miss Lottie after hearing her father’s cry and tearing her garden up. She finally understood what Miss Lottie was going through and why she planted the marigolds. The marigolds symbolized hope for the Great Depression to soon end.
Passage 1, a vignette by Sandra Cisneros titled “A Smart Cookie”, acknowledges that not following through with a dream can result in that haunting failure and/or loss. The vignette is about how a mother reflects on her life and how she “...could have been something…” This passage characterises Mrs. Cordero as shameful and depressed. For example, she said “shame is a bad thing, you know” which demonstrated that she was greatly shameful of her poor life decisions and failure to follow her aspirations. According to the line “I could’ve been something, you know” the reader can infer that
The idea of blocking everyone out helped Connie build her self-confidence. To emphasize Connie’s narcissism, Oates stated that “Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over” (324). Because Connie felt so negatively of her mother and family, she creates an idea of wanting to be on her own. She doesn’t know exactly what it is like to be without anyone to use as a crutch, but Conni feels as if her mother doesn’t want her to be pretty. Connie wanted to shut her family out because she felt as if they didn’t love her as much as her genuine sister June.