Lizabeth is full of regret and anger after attacking Miss Lottie that she decides to take it out on hard work, “ I had indeed lost my mind, for all the smoldering emotions of that summer swelled in me and burst-the great need for my mother who was never there, the hopelessness of our poverty and degradation, the bewilderment of being neither child nor woman and yet both at once, the fear unleashed by my father's tears. And these feelings combined in one great impulse toward destruction. I leaped furiously into the mounds of marigolds and pulled madly, trampling and pulling and destroying the perfect yellow blooms (286).” Lizabeth’s anger towards the world and herself finally boiled over and she decided to take her anger out
[There was] a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, [lessons are] learned the hard way” (Allen Iverson). In “Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Collier, Lizabeth struggles with the new responsibilities that come with changing from a little girl to a young woman. Part of growing up is learning right from wrong and accepting responsibilities for any wrongs done. Lizabeth destroys the marigolds and later feels regretful.
The subject matter of the poem is the desolation of motherhood. Throughout the three stanzas, motherhood is shown to be life-consuming, that children can leech the life out of a mother. The poem is written sonnet form, normally sonnets are associated with romance and love, but in this case, Gwen Harwood purposely uses this
Ophelia and Hamlet were in love which in turn made it burdensome for her to forgive him for killing her father. Similarly to Hamlet, Ophelia went “mad” when her father was killed. Specifically, Gertrude said, “Her clothes spread wide, And, mermaid-like awhile they bore her up, Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds, As one incapable of her own distress Or like a creature native and endued Unto that element” (Hamlet 4.7.172-175). Ophelia had to be bored up because she couldn’t handle the distress that she was feeling. Ophelia’s madness was easily seen with her actions and appearance.
She is also showing elements of antisocial personality disorder. Twyla more than twice mentions her desire to kill someone without any further remorse and due to truly trivial reasons. It is clearly visible in the fragment when the girls are introduced to each other. Twyla thinks: “if Roberta had laughed I would have killed her”. There is also an example of when Twyla 's mother comes to visit her at the shelter and greets her, babying her a little, she thinks then: “I could have killed her”.
She is nothing more than a broken thing, and in that, deserves sympathy. The second metaphor lies in stanza seven, line 39, when the woman speaks to her child, saying, “Thy mother bears thee far, young Fawn!” (cite). The woman compares her child to a helpless animal that requires aid (cite). Hemans depicts the woman in this metaphor as caring for a young animal, saving it from a sad life.
Each author portrays this state of madness with profoundness and great intricacy. Both Gilman and Glaspell show a metamorphosis of their respective protagonists from sane and logical to a twisted and demented cognitive presence. In Gilman’s story, the madness of the narrator culminates as she “kept on creeping just the same” (Gilman 10) after her husband fainted. With Glaspell’s story Minnie Wright’s slow and painful descent into a raging madness is discovered throughout the story. Her agonizing fall climaxes as Mrs. Hale realizes that “She was going to bury it (the canary) in that pretty box” (Glaspell 16), uncovering a motive for the killing of her husband.
At the start of the play she speaks harshly to the Furies because they are asleep and tells them to “wither him [Orestes] in your wind,after him, hunt him down once more, and shrivel him in your vitals’ heat and flame.” Even in death she can’t let her grudges go, even against her own kin. As much as Clytemnestra tries to look like a loving mother in The Libation Bearers and a supporter of peace in Agamemnon by telling the chorus “enough with the bloodshed” we see how selfish and evil she truly
The Witch informed Dorothy that her house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East and killed her, thus setting the Munchkins free from their long slavery under her command. Dorothy was horrified to hear that she had killed someone, but she was given a present of the Witch 's silver slippers. She asked how she could get home and the Witch told her she would do best to ask the powerful Wizard of Oz who lived in the Emerald
“A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting-before he could move from his door the business was over (…) They saw her left breast was swinging loose, like a flap” (137). Myrtle’s dead body shows the death of the polite and chivalrous woman, and the imagery of her lifeless breast is the decayed version of the new breast of America when it was first discovered. The decay during the time period of the 1920’s is also depicted in Dan Cody, the combination between Buffalo Bill Cody and Daniel Boone in his name shows the contrast between a man who helped explore the new land, and a mock character celebrated in the 1920’s. Dan Cody illustrates the American Dream in the form of these two contrasting characters, his death illustrates the death of the American
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The main theme throughout The Bonesetter 's Daughter is the importance of communication in relationships, and how without communication, relationships suffer. Tan shows us this in several different ways, through: Mothers, daughters and spouses. She shows us how concealing our past, feelings and intentions lead to misinterpretations of actions and the weakening of relationships. Tan focuses mainly on mother daughter relationships, and how damaging miscommunication is to both mother and daughter and their relationship.
In her short story “Marigolds”, Eugenia Collier, tells the story of a young woman named Lizabeth growing up in rural Maryland during the Depression. Lizabeth is on the verge of becoming an adult, but one moment suddenly makes her feel more woman than child and has an impact on the rest of her life. Through her use of diction, point of view, and symbolism, Eugenia Collier develops the theme that people can create beauty in their lives even in the poorest of situations. Through her use of the stylistic device diction, Eugenia Collier is able to describe to the reader the beauty of the marigolds compared to the drab and dusty town the story is set in.
Have you ever read the most interesting, life-relatable, fiction book before? One of the most interesting book I’ve read is the Marigolds. The Marigolds is a fiction book by Eugenia Collier. The Marigolds is about a girl named Lizabeth as going through her adolescent years, she realizing the importance of the flowers.
In the story “Marigolds” by Eugenia Collier there is a lot of imagery and diction. The imagery was mainly focused on how the town looks and the contrast between the town and Miss Lottie’s house. In the text is states how that the only beautiful part of the house is the marigolds, “Miss Lottie's marigolds were perhaps the strangest part of the picture. Certainly they did not fit in with the crumbling decay of the rest of her yard”(Collier 23). This quote is trying to say that her house was a very old house that no one really cared for but, the marigolds were always taken care of and that was the only beauty in the whole yard.