Descriptive Essay: “Sister Flowers” by Maya Angelou * ————————————————- From beginning to end, the author paints a very descriptive picture; from how she sees herself, to how she sees Sister Flowers in comparison to other people around her. At first, the author describes herself as a dirty little girl, almost without purpose in life. In contrast to this, the author describes Mrs. Bertha Flowers as the epitome of beauty, grace, and all that is good in the world. Not only does the author describe Mrs.
Flowers’ physical appearance, but she also tells the reader that Mrs. Flowers almost controls her own weather. The author states that Mrs. Flowers is respected by seemingly everyone around her. Through all of these descriptions, the reader has now formed an image of the perfect woman in his or her mind. * ————————————————- The author makes everyone seem ignorant or a lesser person when measured up against Mrs. Flowers. Even when the author describes a conversation between her grandmother and Mrs.
Flowers, the image the reader has is of a little girl, buried in another person’s shame because she can’t even hold a conversation with this goddess on Earth. This author is trying to get the readers to connect this woman with an idolized actor, perhaps, or someone worth admiration but not quite tangible. When the author states that Mrs. Flowers is unlike anybody she has ever met in person, but could maybe be compared to someone much superior than her, this only adds on to the bigger-than-life image that Mrs. Flowers is being given. ————————————————- After all this build up, the reader is just as excited as the little girl in the story to interact with Mrs. Flowers. A truly respectable descriptive essay has the ability to do this; provide imagery so strong that the reader will find him or herself connected with the main character, and feeling the same things as this character. In the final portion of this essay, the author is now alerting the reader’s sense of smell and taste. From the moment the little girl enters the apartment of Mrs.
Flowers, the reader is just as overwhelmed by the smell of vanilla as she is. When they sit down to eat, the reader, too, can taste the round wafers and is just as refreshed by the cold, sweet lemonade. As Mrs. Flowers reads to Marguerite, the reader may find his or herself questioning his or her own abilities to recite, and how he or she may measure up to Mrs. Flowers’ sing-song voice. * ————————————————- Marguerite’s image of herself is improved by the end, thanks to the special attention she has received from Mrs.
Flowers. In the final sentences, rather than describing herself as pitiful as she did in the beginning, Marguerite is proud and honored to have been noticed by Mrs. Flowers. Her joy and self-esteem is jumping off the pages as she skips along the street on her way back home. Whether the author was describing anything from physical appearances to human emotions, the imagery was strong in this essay and allowed the reader to connect and visualize with ease. * ————————————————-