Table of Contents
- 1 What is the initiating event in Marigolds?
- 2 What do you think the Marigolds have come to mean in the story?
- 3 What is the conflict in Marigolds?
- 4 What is the main idea of Marigolds?
- 5 What are the conflicts in the story marigolds?
- 6 What’s the setting of marigolds?
- 7 What do the marigolds symbolize in the story?
- 8 What does Lizabeth realize about herself after destroying the garden?
What is the initiating event in Marigolds?
The exposition — the introductory part of the story introducing the setting and characters — of “Marigolds” sets the stage by explaining the Depression-era poverty both the narrator and surrounding neighborhood live in.
What do you think the Marigolds have come to mean in the story?
The main theme or message in the story “Marigolds” is the importance of empathy and compassion. In the story, Lizabeth is reflecting on a crossroads in her life, an incident that marked the change from child to woman.
How does the setting affect the characters in Marigolds?
The setting acts as an intrinsic part of the characters motivations for behaving in the manner in which they do.
What is the climax or turning point of the story Marigolds?
In the climax of the story, Lizabeth destroys Miss Lottie’s marigolds in a fit of rage. She describes the hideous act as her last act of childhood and loss of innocence.
What is the conflict in Marigolds?
The conflicts of Marigolds are internal and external. The internal conflict is Lizabeth versus herself emotionally with innocence, compassion, growing up, and accepting responsibility. The external conflict involves Lizabeth and the poverty and rough times while growing up.
What is the main idea of Marigolds?
The main theme or message in the story “Marigolds” has to do with empathy and compassion. Lizbeth, in her immaturity and angst, attacks Miss Lottie verbally and then cuts her precious marigolds. Lizbeth carries this shame and remorse into her adulthood.
Why do they hate the Marigolds?
The marigolds are important to Miss Lottie because they symbolize hope and beauty in the face of adversity. The children hate the marigolds because they feel they don’t fit in….. because their beauty only accentuates the ugliness in their lives. For some perverse reason, we children hated those marigolds.
What do Marigolds symbolize in Mexico?
Why Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos? It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration. Marigolds guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant colors and pungent scent. Marigolds, or flowers in general, also represent the fragility of life.
What are the conflicts in the story marigolds?
What’s the setting of marigolds?
“Marigolds” takes place in a rural African-American community during the 1930s—a time of racial segregation, poverty, and limited opportunity. This setting offers important clues about the development of the story’s theme, or underlying message.
What message does the story Marigolds convey about the impact of poverty on peoples lives?
The story suggests that poverty limits people’s lives and deprives them of much of life’s beauty. It also suggests that a barren life can take different forms but that people can find ways to create beauty and counteract such barrenness.
What message does the story Marigolds by Eugenia Collier convey about the impact of poverty on people’s lives?
The destruction of Miss Lottie’s marigolds leads to the themes of maturity, innocence, and compassion, which tie together. In lines 370-375, Lizabeth states that “only through a loss of innocence can one gain compassion”. In her case, the loss of innocence will result in maturity.
What do the marigolds symbolize in the story?
At the end of the story, she remarks that she remembers those marigolds from time to time. The marigolds represented to her the bright side of a dark and barren town. She says that you do not have to be poor to live a barren life. So she too has planted marigolds —- little bright spots in her life.
What does Lizabeth realize about herself after destroying the garden?
After destroying the garden and seeing Miss Lottie’s broken spirit, Lizabeth realizes that she has done much more damage than to the marigolds. She understands why the flowers were so important to Miss Lottie, who had nothing else in her life except heartache and poverty.
What does Lizabeth see after she destroys Miss Lottie’s flowers?
After destroying Miss Lottie’s flowers, Lizabeth looks up and sees her standing before her…. what does Lizabeth see? Why is Lizabeth’s father upset? As Lizabeth listens to her mother from the next room, her father begins to speak. How do his words change the mood?