Sister Flowers Essay

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Angelou helps the reader understand and experience Sister Flowers by using descriptive language. Here is an example of how the descriptive language depicts the story by quoting Maya Angelou: “Mrs. Bertha Flowers was the aristocrat of Black Stamps. She had the grace of control to appear warm in the coldest weather, and on the Arkansas summer days it seemed she had a private breeze which swirled around, cooling her. She was thin without the taut look of wiry people, and her printed voile dresses and flowered hats were as right for her as denim overalls for a farmer. She was our side’s answer to the richest white woman in town.”(Sister Flowers by Maya Angelou) The details in this paragraph painted the most vivid picture of Mrs. Flowers, almost as if you could reach out and touch her. I was able to see and even feel how the little girl felt about Mrs. Flowers. This made me want to read the rest of the story because I felt like I was there experiencing it myself. As a child Angelou didn’t question why Mrs. Flowers singled her out for attention, nor did she wonder if her mother had asked Mrs. Flowers to talk to her. She was simply thrilled that Mrs. Flowers had wanted to share a snack and her favorite book with her. It showed her she was liked and made her feel special. This story shows that it really doesn’t take much to motivate and inspire a child. We having the luxury of education need to be more diligent in encouraging our children to be educated and useful members of society. We must also teach them tolerance because not all people have had the opportunities that we have had. In my life experience I believe that many things like racism, sexism, and many other intolerant behaviors would disappear. Hate would be a thing of the past our children is where this must start, raising our kids with tolerance will make the future a better

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