Essay on The Flowers By Alice Walker

874 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
All children must face the loss of innocence at one point in their lives. Alice Walker’s character Myop from her short story “The Flowers” is no exception. Myop, like most children, passes the threshold from innocence to knowledge when she chooses to embark on her own path and comes across the skeleton of a black sharecropper who had been beaten and hung because of the color of his skin. Through this discovery, she realizes the harsh truth of society. Walker portrays Myop’s loss of innocence through historical context, the juxtaposition of light and dark diction, and symbolism in order to depict a coming of age story by gaining knowledge. Walker applies historical context and even her own past into the story to provide background information of the time period, and give rise to the topic of racism and social cruelty, which Myop is ignorant about at the beginning of the story and learns by the end. Walker tells the reader that Myop’s parents were sharecroppers and their family before them and so forth. Many sharecroppers were African-Americans who worked for little to no wages, clothes, and food. Despite their wages, they always remained in debt to the white, upper class land owners (Riddle). Sharecroppers remained poor and indebt to the landowner and, therefore, could never gain enough money to set out on their own or buy land for themselves. This never ending cycle is a future Myop must face. Walker is the eighth child of sharecroppers and thus relates her family’s…

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