The Theme Of Powerlessness In Marigolds By Eugenia Collier

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In the short story, Marigolds by Eugenia Collier explores the effects of poverty to convey the theme of powerlessness. The theme is exhibited through setting, her parents, and Miss. Lottie's marigolds. The main character, Lizabeth, is a fourteen-year-old girl, playing with her brother and their friends, just being kids. Lizabeth doesn’t feel powerless as a child, it is only when she looks back on the situation does she realize what growing up in poverty has done to her. Lizabeth doesn't know there is a world outside of hers, “we children were only vaguely aware of the extent of our poverty.” Everybody around was just as starved and messy as she. Lizabeth looks back on her childhood, she remembers watching her mother trudge along the dirt road
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