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John Manley Kelleher APES 31 May 2007 The Flowers by Alice Walker The short story “The Flowers” is a very strong anecdote about loss of innocence and racism. In the story, an innocent girl named Myop is curiously searching the woods around her rural home for flowers to pick when she suddenly stumbles upon a dead body. At first, she isn’t very frightened at the skeleton but then realizes that the man was hanged to death when she notices the noose near his head and the remains of the rope around the tree. The girl drops her flowers at that moment and it is apparent that this innocent young girl is exposed to the cruelty of the world around her. It’s easy to see that the flowers were her world until she was rocked by this brutal sight Having not known much about the author of the story, (until I read the side note
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Unformatted text preview: that she wrote the racism-themed The Color Purple ) I was unaware of the racism theme. As I went back to read I noticed that Myop was actually a black child as described with “a dark brown hand.” That’s when I realized why she was so bothered by the noose more so than the body. This man was most likely a black man brutally murdered because of his race. Although I am not completely sure when this poem was written, I assumed it was during the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s possible he could have been a slave as described wearing denim overalls that ran tried to run away and was killed but I think that it is more likely that this man died in this century....
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