In John Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums”, it details, along as follow a lady and the plant she loves to grow. Within the story a young lady expresses her love for this specific plant. She explains why she grows it and how highly she holds them. It gives her a sense of pride and ease when she takes care of them. It is a way of escape from her feeling of confinement. As the story progresses, the girl explains why she has this passion. She feels left out from her husband. Her husband is always gone while she is at home. So she found growing Chrysanthemums as a way to keep things off her mind or out of her feeling of being confined. She always felt as if nobody or anyone noticed the plants she grew and took care of. Soon in the story,
She is seen with new hope that had not been there the night of the incident. Miss Lottie’s reaction to this childish act had changed Lizabeth’s perspective forever. As the harsh realities flooded her mind, Lizabeth had noticed the immense strength that Miss Lottie possessed. In a world full of hard times and sadness, Miss Lottie planted a garden of hope. When Lizabeth shares the effects that it had on her during her growth, she references her own marigolds.
For the first ‘bare’ part of her life, Janie is a mule not to a man but to her own grandmother. In her youth, Janie yearns for relationships and objects that to her symbolize freedom. She is drawn to a blossoming pear tree because of how its “barren brown stems [turn] to glistening leaf-buds; from the leaf-buds from snowy virginity” (10), Here, Janie is awed by something changed from ‘barren’ to beautiful as she struggles with the suppression of her grandmother, who goes on to bash Janie for kissing a boy through a gatepost. It is clear Janie associates the pear tree with freedom, as she was avoiding her chores to sit under it. Thus, the beauty she finds in the turn from stem to blossom is directly correlated with the joy she finds in the escape from her grandmother and discovery of freedom.
(pg. 97), Miss Maudie Atkinson thinks about her azaleas and more space for them to possibly “breathe”. She doesn’t seem to care for her own pleasures and comforts as most people do, but thinks about her azaleas more. Miss Maudie seems to care for her flowers almost as gracefully and gently as she probably would be with small children. Scout had observed Miss Maudie
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.
The picture book Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes chronicles the story of a cute little mouse named Chrysanthemum. Although this story’s characters are all mice, it is relatable to children of all ages and adults too! Chrysanthemum has to learn how to deal with the pressures of bullies and insecurities in school. Her fellow classmates make fun of her name for being so long and for it being a type of flower. Kevin Henkes uses illustrations to enhance the context and understanding of the internal struggle Chrysanthemum faces.
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson were both written by women to express how they were treated in their time period. Both of these stories were criticized because they challenged the belief that a woman should not be just a docile wife. These two pieces of literature utilized symbolic imagery, repetition, and dramatic irony to convey the common theme shared that women are opressed by the standards of society. In Chopin's Story of an Hour, Mrs. Mallard sees the outside world through the only window in her room.
The setting shapes the mood and tone of a story and has a great affect on what happens in a story. The setting influences the events that take place, how the characters interact and even how they behave. Settings show where and how the character lives, what they do, and what they value. Characters have a relationship with the setting just as much as they do with other characters in the story. This is seen in the effects the setting has on the development of the Character Elisa in the story “The Chrysanthemums.”
There is beauty in life for those who choose to see it. The Marigold is a story that is about the time of the Great Depression and how people were growing up in poverty with no shoes, little to no clothing, and barely a roof over their heads literally. The theme is see the good in little things for those that do see it. The marigolds were a symbol of beauty in all of the ugliness that was around them but at the time Elizabeth could not see it until it was too late. The title of the book is Marigolds short story by Eugenia Collier and is historical fiction.
To her the plant represents home, it represents what it used to feel like back home. I know this because in the story it states "a wave of loss so deep and strong that it stung Saeng's eyes ow sewpt over her, a blink a channel switch a boat
The author uses the marigolds as a symbol but, their meaning varies between each character. To a young Lizabeth , the marigolds symbolise beauty in a place that it doesn't belong. These beautiful flowers anger a young Lizabeth because she thinks they didn’t belong in the old dusty town she grew up in. To an adult Lizabeth these flowers hold a different meaning, they now represent hope to her. These flowers hold a different meaning to Miss Lottie, to her they represented what was left of love, hope, and beauty in her life.
To get started, the azaleas in the novel represent Maudie Atkinson because of her loving, strong minded, and compassionate character. Azaleas stand out because they are able to grow even in harsh and unbearable conditions. They still turn out to be in a perfect beautiful condition, unlike many flowers who need a good environment to grow. Maudie is a perfect representation of an azalea because she lives in the prejudiced, judgmental town
Alice Walker uses imagery and diction throughout her short story to tell the reader the meaning of “The Flowers”. The meaning of innocence lost and people growing up being changed by the harshness of reality. The author is able to use the imagery to show the difference between innocence and the loss of it. The setting is also used to show this as well.
Mama cares for the plant by feeding, watering and checking all through the day on it to make sure it was still doing well. She also does this for the family. Mama always wants the best for them and would do anything to keep them happy and well. Mama uses the plant as her fuel to always put the family first and to remember her dreams, as well as remind her family of theirs (Shmoop Editorial Team). Throughout the play, Mama’s plant symbolizes many things to the Younger family.
Throughout the book the narrator draws many comparisons between women and flowers. Often, flowers are considered as a symbol of fertility and beauty. In the book, flowers are highlighted as objects that can bloom and grow at a time when few women can. From a technical standpoint, flowers are also the part of a plant that holds the reproductive organs. They're constant reminders of the fertility that most women lack.