“The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.” 

- William Butler Yeats

Discuss “the loss of innocence” as it unfolds in the main character and narrator of Eugenia Collier’s story “Marigolds.”  Include three examples of “textual evidence” to support the claims made in the third topic sentence (found below), and offer your commentary/analysis in support of your claims and textual evidence.  In other words, follow the Semantic Map Structure as presented in class.


#1 Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds” explores the loss of innocence in the main character.

#2 Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds” explores the loss of innocence in Lizabeth, the main character in the story.













#3 (two options)

Ridiculing Miss Lottie, overhearing her parents’ late night exchange, and destroying the marigold garden all contribute to Lizabeth’s  loss of innocence in Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds.”


In Eugenia Collier’s “Marigolds,” the loss of innocence in the character of Lizabeth results from her engaging in continual ridicule of Miss Lottie, overhearing the poignant exchange between her parents, and committing the destructive act in the marigold garden.