Discuss How Innocence and Loss Thereof, Are Portrayed in Alice Walker’s ‘the Flowers’ and Lillian Heker’s ‘the Stolen Party’

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Discuss how innocence and loss thereof, are portrayed in Alice Walker’s ‘The Flowers’ and Lillian Heker’s ‘The Stolen Party’ “Maybe innocence is a skin you must shed to build layers more resistant to the caustic truths of the world.” –Hector Tobar. This quote gives a reason as to why innocence may be lost due to experience. In the short story, ‘The Flowers’ by Alice Walker, a young girl discovers a hung man in the woods while she is picking flowers. We see how she changes after that experience as she has been exposed to something that she will never fully recover from. The name of the short story is important as flowers symbolise innocence due to their beauty and delicacy but it can also symbolize death as they are associated with funerals and graves. It is about a young girl named Rosaura who is the daughter of a maid. When her mother’s employer invites Rosaura to her daughter’s birthday party, Rosaura’s mother becomes alarmed. She tries to warn Rosaura of the differences between the rich and the poor but Rosaura brushes it off and replies ‘Rich people go to heaven too.’ We realise that at this point in her life Rosaura has seen no differences between the rich and the poor but her mother has and that is why she is disapproving.’ The word ‘Stolen’ in the title of the poem gives us insight that something will be taken away during the party and we later learn that it is Rosaura’s innocence. The name ‘Rosaura’ is a variant of rose. A flower is a symbol of innocence so we are again given insight into the purpose of the story. ‘The Flowers’ is about a young 10 year old girl named Myop. Myop is be short for Myopia, a Greek word meaning ‘short-sightedness’. This is significant as it symbolises only seeing what is in front of her rather than the full image. This allows Myop to create her own reality that is unexposed to everything that happens around her. Walker

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