A character briefly mentions a field of flowers never to even think about it again? The flowers are symbolic of spring, spring is symbolic of rebirth, the character was thinking of the flowers so the character was thinking of its childhood, but what sort of flowers? Daisies? Oh ho ho! Daisies are white outside and yellow inside. White being symbolic of innocence, yellow being symbolic of corruption. They are falsely pure, and so the character’s childhood is falsely pure! The narrator paints the character in the light of innocence? The narrator is unreliable! Anything the narrator says should be questioned!
See what I mean about symbolism? But even beyond that, I know a lot of you are saying “the narrator is unreliable…because of…a brief mention of flowers? Really?”
My answer: YES!
This is the key to AP Lit. Nothing is ever “too much” so long as you provide F/Acts along the way to back up your Abstract! And as for Tying it Back…well, let’s see…
The unreliable narrator refers to unreliable people, a narrator has the most power in a story (only second to the author), people in power are unreliable, corruption of the government! BOOM! The author is commenting on the unreliability of the government and its attempts to make things seem innocent when they’re not! It’s a call to action for people to stop looking past seemingly trivial details so they may see the truth!
And that, my friends, is exactly how you make a brief mention of flowers synonymous with government cover-ups. You’re welcome.
Once again: it’s never, never, NEVER “too much.” If your teacher says “maybe you took this a little too far” then you know for a fact that you have successfully mastered AP Lit! (And your teacher is wrong!) Take things as far as your mind can even begin to imagine. There’s a reason I call essays “The Art of BS” – you just keep spewing your Beautiful Sentences out there as creatively as you can. It works. It really, really works.