The day in the village begins as a normal, sunny day and ends with a dead housewife. Tessie Hutchinson, Bill Hutchinson’s wife, forgot the day of the lottery was this particular day. She was still at the house cleaning the dishes before she looked around wondering where everybody else in her family had went. Then, it dawned on her- today was the day. “Just as Mr. Summers finally left off talking and turned to the assembled villagers, Mrs. Hutchinson came hurriedly along the path to the square, her sweater thrown over her shoulders, and slid into place in the back of the crowd.
In Act III of the play, Emily goes back in time to her twelfth birthday. In that moment, Emily realizes that no one appreciates life in the moment. The journey can be done in two ways; physical or emotional. The type of journey that Emily went through in Our Town, is an emotional journey.
One example of figurative language in Laurie Hale Anderson’s book “Speak” is when Melinda decides to rid her garden of all weeds, and does some spring cleaning after it finally stops raining during May. Around the same time, Melinda is realizing that she wants to make some new changes in her life and in this figurative language example, Melinda’s life is her garden. She decides first to rake the leaves “suffocating the bushes” ; Melinda is ridding the demons from herself on the first layer of her skin. She says that she has to “fight the bushes (her problems)” and the bushes don’t like getting cleaned out but it is something one has to do if one makes
Alice Walker conveys the meaning of “The Flowers” by making the flowers seem innocent, just like Myop. The author used a perception of this young innocent girl who is gathering flowers away from her home to give the reader suspicion of what was going to happen next. The author also used elements of writer’s craft such as Imagery, Symbol, Setting, Diction, Style etc. Although, at first when the narrative begins, the reader gets a sense of an emotional ending, until the author introduces the setting.
In the text it describes how, “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to even upset as much tradition as was represented by the black box” (Jackson 1). Even though the box is old and the always talk about a new one, the villagers are too scared to replace it. This helps the readers understand more about the ritual and the box. It also clarifies what they do with the box when it’s not in use. “The rest of the year, the box was put away, sometimes one place, sometimes another; it had spent one year in Mr.Graves’s barn and another year underfoot in the post office.
This shows us that Cadence is imagining Gat giving her these flowers. Cadence seeing these flowers symbolizes her love for Gat. This is why Cadence gets mad when she sees Gat sending dried roses to another girl. When Cadence sees these dried beach roses on the tire swing, we can see that she still loves Gat, even though he is dead.
They are some of the first people to get there, and most spots are still empty. Cassie asks Big Ma; “Why don’t we move our wagon up there with them other wagons Big Ma?”. This shows innocence in Cassie. She doesn’t understand how black people are mistreated. By asking Big Ma to move the wagon up, she also doesn’t understand the consequences that could take place.
The Flowers Summer, while being a very hot and dry season, is also a feeling that we can’t necessarily comprehend. It’s a feeling of happiness and freedom, a time to do what you want without any worries. This is shown to us in the short story, “The Flowers”, written by Alice Walker. After Myop, the innocent ten year old, discovers the dead body of the large man who once hung from a tree, the author wrote, “And the summer was over”, meaning that her innocence, her time of freedom and ignorance, was gone along with her happiness. The author uses words such as sharecropper cabin to explain the setting which should lead the reader to the conclusion that this story takes place post-Civil war.
This opening shows the contrast of Janie vs. traditional women’s roles in her venture to achieve her dreams. Instead of just allowing her dreams to stay on the horizon, Janie is shown going after what she wants. It is seen from the very beginning when immediately after her moment of realization with her budding sexuality under the pear tree in chapter 2, she goes and kisses Johnny Taylor. Janie know what makes her feel good and she goes for it instead of staying with the limited and inactive traditional lifestyle.