Posted at 10.13.2018
In the brief story Marigolds by Eugenia Collier, a woman known as Elizabeth and her family have difficulty through living in the time of the Great Depression. Elizabeth can be an African American gal that is on the threshold of womanhood. Elizabeth's family is inadequate and is pressured to stay in a shantytown. Elizabeth and her family have to live through the have difficulties of poverty, poignant and important arguments in the family, and Elizabeth is trapped between your chaotic thoughts of a child and a female.
Elizabeth & her family are struggling through the "punishment" called poverty. Elizabeth's difficulty dealing with her poverty is mainly what affects her to eliminate the marigolds in Pass up. Lottie's yard. In the very beginning of the tale Collier expresses a graphic which resembles the town where Elizabeth is pressured to live an unprivileged life. Elizabeth only "seem[s] to keep in mind [the] dust-the brownish, crumbly dust particles. " She only can remember the dust since it, like the complete town around her, reminds her of the poverty she cannot avoid. Another vague memory space she "remember[s], [is] an excellent splash of sunlit yellow contrary to the dust-Miss Lottie's marigolds. " Elizabeth remembers the beautiful marigolds in Pass up Lottie's yard and how they didn't fit in with the ugliness of everything around it. Elizabeth realizes that the marigolds are too beautiful and this "They interfered with the perfect ugliness of the place; they were too beautiful; they said too much that people could not understand; they did not seem sensible. " Elizabeth emphasizes that the marigolds are too beautiful to maintain a place packed with unsightly and ragged things. After discovering everything around her in this unappealing, poor fashion, the marigolds confuse her and are almost too much for her to take care of. Her incapability to grasp the abstract beauty of the marigolds drives her impulse to destroy and get rid of the confusion.
Elizabeth constantly must face problems in her family, and this leads to pressure which eventually brings about the final destruction of the marigolds. Elizabeth's wish significantly lessens when she listens in on her behalf parents talking one night. When Elizabeth hears her dad complain to her mother, "It ain't right. Ain't no man ought to eat his woman's food time in and 12 months away. " Elizabeth feels that before her daddy was strong such as a rock and her mom was delicate, now everything has modified and her dad is shattered into bits. Elizabeth's mother attempts to alleviate her daddy: "Look, we ain't starving. I git paid weekly, and Mrs Ellis is real nice about providing me things. " Eventually, Elizabeth's daddy broke down even further and he "sobbed, loudly and painfully, and cried helplessly. " The man of family members is breaking down, and will not know where he stands any longer nor does indeed Elizabeth. When Elizabeth realizes that her daddy cannot support her family devastates her and Elizabeth is destroyed by that realization. She doesn't have a stable set of parents who may also rely on one another or themselves, departing her to feel lost and hopeless. Elizabeth becomes insecure by the fact of her daddy crying. When she realizes she cannot stand anymore distress in her family, she goes to wake her sibling up and then vents out her angst on the marigolds and this also shows some immatureness in Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is a woman who doesn't know where you can place herself, as a child or as a female. Elizabeth refers to the "Enjoyment and trend and wild canine gladness and shame become tangled along in the multicolored skein of fourteen-going on-fifteen when i recall that disastrous moment after i was all of a sudden more woman than child. " Everything that is talked about which appears to be tangled in what she as an limitless little bit of yarn, are typically contradictions. Elizabeth switches between a child and a woman several times during the course of the short storyline. Onetime when she functions like a woman she mentions that "Suddenly I used to be ashamed, and I did nothing like being ashamed. " This was immediately after the first destroying of the marigolds, and instead of joining with the kids in merriment, she instead experienced ashamed as a woman. Elizabeth also turns into a child in the story. In the certain case she's to decide between both of these: "I just stood there peering through the bushes, torn between wanting to join the fun and sense that it was all a lttle bit foolish. " Elizabeth ends up being less older than her brother in the long run. When she destroys the marigolds going back time, her brother keeps on seeking to stop her: "Lizabeth, stop, please stop!" This proves that in truth she finished up more as a kid then a woman, and her brother is more man than child. By the end the dilemma she had with the marigolds is fully gone and she realizes why they is there.
After all the events have taken place, Elizabeth discovers to handle her poverty, Elizabeth isn't mixed up as much about her family dynamics, and she becomes a female. Elizabeth learns that