She then destroys all of her Marigolds out of jealousy and anger. Miss Little sees her doing this and Liz realizes what she has just done. This is where Liz transactions from a girl to a woman when she sees Miss Little. Summary/critique- The story is about a girl who one night, in a fit of rage, destroys her neighbor’s (Miss Little) marigolds. Seeing her neighbor in pain she feels compassion toward her and realizes she has matured and left childhood. The theme of the story is a very well-thought out and powerful theme, however the pacing f the story is not rather slow.
The Author Eugenia Collier was born in 1 928 best-known as the author of the 1969 award-winning short story “Marigolds” She released other short stories and plays such as “Sweet Potato Pie” and the play “Risky”, before retiring in 1996 Character discussion- Elizabeth: Elizabeth is a 14 year old girl. She is growing up in the depression, in an impoverished family and town. She is adventurous and wild, but at the same time, gentle and caring. She is at the stage, when a girl changes to a woman, and throughout this story, we see the change in her. Joey: Joey is Elizabeth younger brother.
He is also very wild and tries to act a lot older than he really is. He a Iso tries to be braver than he is and that tends to backfire, because he often has to lean on Elizabeth for help and support. Miss Little: Miss Little is an old woman who has gone slightly mad, because she has lost a lot in life. She lives with her son, John Burke, who is mentally challenged. He is the only thing that she has left, besides her beautiful marigold garden. John Burke John Burke is Miss Lotteries’ mentally challenged son who sits on the porch tit her all of the time.
He helps her in her marigold garden, and helps her to maintain her sanity. Point of View- The point of view in the short story, “Marigolds” is first person. The speaker is the main character, Elizabeth. The first person view in the Story allows Elizabeth to share with us her feelings and thoughts throughout the story. Tertiary Terms- Similes- Helps you understand the confusion Elizabeth was experiencing “l feel again the chaotic emotions of adolescence, illusive as smoke, yet as real as the potted geranium before me now.
Metaphors- Helps provide the reader a means to understand the emotions Elizabeth felt through comparisons “… Our hatred of it was still the vague, undirected restlessness of the zoo-bred flamingo who knows that nature created him to fly free. ” Hyperbole’s- Helps you understand the emotions felt when she saw her father defeated. “My father whittled us toys and we laughed so hard that the great oak seemed to laugh with him… ” External Conflict- Shows the immaturity of the children and the conflict between them and Miss Little. The children screamed with light, while she screamed curses at them” Foreshadowing- Hints at a possible conflict between the children and Miss Little, specifically between Elizabeth and Miss Little “But our real fun and our real fear lay in Miss Little herself. ” Symbolism/theme- Explains the central theme of Marigold’s and provides insight to the lessons learned by the characters. “And I too have planted Marigolds. ” Imagery- Helps the reader picture the contrasting marigolds against the dark depressing houses. “… A brilliant splash of sunny yellow, against the dust- Miss Lotteries marigolds.
Setting- The setting of Marigolds takes place in shantytown in rural Maryland during the Great Depression. Elizabeth, the narrator of the story, states that it was a “dry September” when the situation with Miss Lotteries marigolds took place. Symbolic items Marigolds- represent the good in a bad world. In Elizabeth bad neighborhood, the Marigolds represent the beauty in the neighborhood. Rocks- Rocks are tough, and often thought of as strong. When the children threw the stones and destroyed the marigolds, the rock’s “powers” were used for evil, yet the ether of Elizabeth is her rock.
And he felt as if he disappointed her. Level 2 Questions: How is the description of Miss Lotteries house a reflection of her social standing? Is she better or worse off than Elizabeth and her brother? She is probably worse off. The house she lives in is described as the most wretched, and her “queer headed” son on the porch adds to the impression of lowliness. Miss Lotteries reaction to Elizabeth destroying the marigolds is one of…? Sorrowful Defeat. She is extremely sad as one of the great and happy things n her life was taken away from her.