Our Flowers And Nice Bones Analysis
The theme of resistance is clearly shown in the ending of the passage.
Initially, a picturesque, winter landscape is presented to the reader. However, this is quickly replaced by a far harsher environment through Middleton’s use of imagery. At the beginning of the extract, the narrator describes the surrounding trees: “The pines are wedges of silver.” The metaphor compares the pine trees to plain blocks of silver. The use of “wedges” suggests that the trees are being viewed from a distance, and the narrator is unable to see their true detail. At this time, the reader is only aware of this scenic image. The simplified trees create the image of a perfect painting, concealing the reality of the environment. This idea of simplicity is shown soon after with, “layers of green, silver, and air.” This constructs a stylised image of the three sections of the landscape: the ground and leaves, the snow, and the sky. The colours blur out any imperfections and conceal the unforgiving environment. The scenic description creates a tranquil atmosphere, but