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Short Story-Analysis

Marigolds ~ Eugenia Collier
        The story Marigolds by Eugenia Collier is a story about a girl named Lizabeth, and how her family lives through poverty and financial struggles. Lizabeth also develops as a person by the end of the story. Living in Maryland, Lizabeth and  her little brother Joey lived a very simplistic life. There mother had job that required many hours, and her father was unemployed and still in the process of trying to find a job. They lived in a very run down house in a very small poor community. One summer day, Lizabeth, Joey, and a group of kids from the community were bored and wanted to do something different. So, Lizabeth and the kids went down to one of the elders home, Miss Lottie. Miss Lottie was the old woman that everyone made stories about and for the kids they knew her as the witch. In the summer time Miss Lottie would always be in her front yard planting marigolds, which were an easy target to destroy. The kids all took part in throwing rock at Miss Lottie's marigolds, and Lizabeth was the cordinater. After they sprinted back to the oak tree, Lizabeth started to feel guilt for what she did.  Later that night, she woke up to her father in tears because after 22 years he was still unemployed. After hearing her father's misery for some reason Lizabeth got out of bed and went back to Miss Lottie's land, and ripped all of her marigolds out of the groud.  She sat in the destroyed garden till morning, and when Miss Lottie stood their, Lizabeth realized that what she had done could not be un-done. Looking back and telling this story she realized that after that inncident she felt like that was the last childish thing that she would do.
  • Please summarize the story.
  • What is the conflict in this story?
  • What is the resolution of this story?
  • What is the theme in this story? Why?
  • In this story is setting and time important?
  • What point of view is the story told from?And in what person?
Short Story Notes.
Plot: a short story contains sub-components such as crisisconflict, and resolution(solves the conflict, not always the end of the story)
  • Conflicts: Person vs person, person vs self, person vs nature, person vs god, person vs machines, or a struggle to be solved.
Crisis: sets up the conflict

Resolution: When the conflict is solved , not always the end of the story though

Setting: Time and place, can be really important and sometimes it is not.(-QUIZ-Describe the setting of The Most Dangerous Game, and tell me which one(s) are important)

Characters: Direct characterization(~Blue eyes, dark skin, long hair~)

Point of View: who gets to tell the story
  • 1st Person: 'I was scared when I walked into the dark parking lot, the lights were out, my car was hidden in the shadows and i walked through the darkness to get to my car, i was scared...' 
  • 3rd Person Limited: ' As Ray got off work, he was frightened. The lights that usually are shining bright, were off. He was scared'
  • 3rd Person Omnition: 'Ray was frightened when he approached the car, in the parking lot.' Speaker knows about the cereal killer, and know about the car.
  • 2nd Person:  Not used not really a type, only with dialog 
Good dialog, in every essay, with him/her self or in a flash back. Must have century description.

Characters: direct/in direct characterization. 
  •    Indirect: Telling the reader about the character
  •    Direct: Reveals the character through their actions
Unit Tests: What is the theme and the point of view.
  • In the three short stories we have read Phaethon, The Most Dangerous Game, and The Scarlet Ibis the theme of pride is it good or bad