Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

  • Length: 1400 words (4 double-spaced pages)
  • Rating: Excellent
Open Document

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Text Preview

More ↓

Continue reading...

Open Document

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews Have you ever imagined living locked up in an attic for 3 years and 5 months? Have you ever imagined not growing up with your mother's care and love at the time you were 5? Flowers in the Attic is one of the more original series written by V.C. Andrews of the Dollanganger series. It is one of the best books I've read because it's depressing and dark yet heart-touching. In this book report, the setting, plot and the characters of the book will be included. Flowers in the Attic is one tragic yet a hopeful story of four children.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews." 123HelpMe.com. 21 May 2018
    <http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=161019>.
Title Length Color Rating  
Analysis of Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews Essay - Analysis of Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews Flowers in the attic that’s what four children thought of themselves. They were born so brightly colored, but fading duller as their long dreary nightmarish days, held prisoners of hope, and kept captive by greed. The Dollengangers were a loving and happy family. Chris had meet Corrine when she was fourteen. After she turned eighteen they eloped. They had four beautiful children. They all had blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. Christopher was the oldest....   [tags: Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews Essays] 1080 words
(3.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Flowers in the Attic By V.C Andrews Essay - The book I read for independent reading was flowers in the attic By V.C Andrews. It is about A family who is very grief stricken by their father’s death and go to their grandparents house. They do this because their mother must win her inheritance back after doing a disgraceful thing. While there the most live in one room and the attic as to not be seen by their grandfather. Here they suffer from lack of sunlight, education, and malnutrition and soon are forgotten by their mother. There are two older twins who watch two younger twins....   [tags: grief, death, cathy and chris] 542 words
(1.5 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Sociology in Under The Attic Essay - Sociology relates to this novel in so many different ways. The family in the story, Flowers in the Attic, written by V.C. Andrews, starts off as a family of procreation, a family established through marriage, which includes the mother (Mrs. Dollanger), the father (Mr. Dollanger), and the four children: Cathy (the oldest daughter), Chris (the second oldest son), Carrie and Corey (the young twins). A conflict begins when the father dies in a car wreck, so the mother and her four children must move in her rich parents estate because they have no money and nowhere to stay....   [tags: V.C. Andrews] 1436 words
(4.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Hoping for Intelligence in "Flowers For Algernon" - Have you ever attempted something that you were really looking forward to. Something that would be a life-making opportunity for you. Well, Daniel Keyes writes about a retarded man who has a potent dream of becoming smart. This man is Charlie Gordon, or the main character in Flowers For Algernon. Becoming intelligent is Charlie's most important desire. He does not care about having to cope with any operations to make his dream happen. He struggles and perseveres throughout a big portion of his life in order to improve upon his limited abilities....   [tags: Flowers For Algernon, ] 560 words
(1.6 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Essay about Narrative and Narrator: An Analysis of Joseph Andrews - Narrative and Narrator: An Analysis of Joseph Andrews         As the novel was coalescing into a distinct form of literary expression, Henry Fielding introduced a dynamic relationship between the reader and the text by developing the role of the narrator and the narrator's responsibility in shaping the overall structure of the work. His narrative creation would become a tradition explored by modern writers. By establishing the narrator as an intermediary, the narrator was free to create and comment upon characters, actions, and situations....   [tags: Joseph Andrews Essays]
:: 10 Works Cited
3069 words
(8.8 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic, History, and Reconciliation Essay - Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic, History, and Reconciliation Long after the Civil War we are still fascinated by it. In some circles, the "War of Northern Agression" or the "Lost Cause" is thought of, discussed, brought to life daily. While every war has its fanbase, the Civil War has a special distinction for America. It was the war for the preservation of the Union in some classes, a violent and tyrranical putting-down of a justified rebellion in others. I have never been particularly interested in the war, or any war for that matter....   [tags: Confederates Attic]
:: 7 Works Cited
3617 words
(10.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Exposing the Role of Women in The Madwoman in the Attic Essay - Exposing the Role of Women in The Madwoman in the Attic       In their book The Madwoman in the Attic, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar address the issue of literary potential for women in a world shaped by and for men. Specifically, Gilbert and Gubar are concerned with the nineteenth century woman and how her role was based on her association with the symbols of angels, monsters, or sometimes both. Because the role of angel was ideally passive and the role of monster was naturally evil, both limited a woman’s behavior into quiet content, with few words to object....   [tags: Madwoman Attic Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1698 words
(4.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay about Nature and Purpose of Digression in Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews - Nature and Purpose of Digression in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews   It is perhaps a development of Henry Fielding’s verbose writing style that he includes so many digressions in the pages of Joseph Andrews. As an author, he is certainly not afraid to slow the pace of his tale for the development of a moral point, and although this most often takes the place of a paragraph or two within the main story, he does occasionally dedicate entire chapters to matters which are completely unrelated to the plot development but which expound ethical or theological ideas related to the themes of the text as a whole....   [tags: Henry Fielding Joseph Andrews Essays] 897 words
(2.6 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes Essays - This is the fifteenth in a series of reviews of those pieces of written science fiction and fantasy which have won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. I had some reservations about including "Flowers for Algernon" in this series. It is an unusual case in that different versions of the story won different awards; the original short story, published in Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1959, won a 1960 Hugo, while the novel length expansion jointly won a 1966 Nebula. So to do it justice I would have to review two separately published versions of the story in one web page....   [tags: Flowers Algernon Keyes] 1309 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay Flowers For Algernon - Flowers for Algernon Flowers for Algernon, written by Daniel Keyes, is a book that is an emotional roller coaster. This book includes science that one day might not be fictional but may come true and will be able to be used on people who have intellectual disabilities in today's world. The book starts with a man, who is mentally retarded, writing in a journal about them using him in a surgery used to change him for the better. This mans name is Charlie Gordon. He is the kind of man who works hard to achieve only little accomplishments and never gives up....   [tags: Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes Book Review] 1361 words
(3.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]

Related Searches





The setting of this book changes as the story goes on. First, it takes place in a small yet plentiful house in Pennsylvania. But after the death of his father during a car accident, the mother and four kids, move down to Virginia to the kid's grandparent's house. However the main setting of this book should be the attic and the small, cramped room the kids stay in. The attic was full of dust, mice, spider webs, ancient furniture and dirty mattresses. There was only one window, which barely showed any sunlight because it was always closed. The small room where they slept was stuffy, hot, but chilly at the same time because it was dim, without any natural coming in from anywhere, because as again, the evil grandmother keeps the shadow down so no one would notice the kids. The places in the book seems real to me because it was the 1930's and 50's, which still had mansions around that people live in with dirty attics.
This story is mostly about the four unlucky kids who were locked up in a cage like an animal, just waiting and waiting for hope, but only everyday they seem like they had something; it was only one small step to the pain. The four unlucky kids consider of Christopher, Cathy, Cory and Carrie. Christopher, who was handsome, young, and smart, was always optimistic and also very caring and loving with his younger siblings. Cathy, who told the story, was very beautiful and gorgeous. But personality wise, she was opposite of Chris, thoughtful and pessimistic about things that was going on in her life because she is in a much shaken environment and is depressed. Cory and Carrie was the youngest and they were the twins. They looked just liked dolls with glowing hair and fair complexion that is until they become stuck in the attic. Cory is a quiet, silent yet protective boy, while Carrie is babyish, cute, and girly like a princess. The twin grew to each other eventually because they were only 5 years old when they got locked and they has no one else but to support each other, while Cathy and Christopher was like their mom and dad. But it wasn't just the twins that had an effect. Cathy and Christopher themselves, as they grew more mature, had grown fond of each other, and even the feeling of love overwhelmed them through the years of only seeing each other growing more mature physically, mentally and emotionally as Cathy quoted, "I think I've grown wiser than that mountain than in the past 3 years stuck in the attic reading all the library books." Because of their personality, they had a very well balanced emotion and answers to different conflicts. For example, Chris would always tell everyone to cheer up and keep the hope up high for the twins and for Cathy, which helped them probably live longer and still be in sense. Cathy, more like the mother kind of nature, was helpful because sometimes you just need someone to take care of children, to remind you of what's right or wrong when you are in panic. Cory had a huge effect of his sister and it was the vice versa too. They would sit there and listen to each other talk, and accept each other more than normal sister and brother would.
The general storyline of this book is four children suffer greatly from not having proper care and health. They stick together through challenges the mother and grandmother put them through. The mother, Corrine, who is obsessed with money, eventually reduces her love for their children, as her father was willingly but not completely accepting her back again, from the mistake she made of marrying her half-uncle 15 years ago. The grandmother, who is very cruel and is very cold-hearted, gave nothing to the children, not even a smile, and kept on saying they were the devil's work. As their mother enjoys herself in the sunshine with her new boyfriend, the four unhealthy children sits in the dusty attic cutting flowers and trees to at least try to make a fake garden for themselves to at least imagine that they were in a park running around with beautiful butterflies. The climax of this story is a part when the grandmother gets her whip and tells both Cathy and Chris to strip, so she can whip them hard. After all the bloody whips, whines, marks and painful tears on both children's flesh skin, she comes up with a scissor for Cathy to cut off her hair. But Cathy's hair was one of her best feature so they were too precious to cut it off. However, the next day, her hair is covered with hideous, black tar that stuck to her hair so she had to cut it off. After that incident, oddly, the grandmother who never brought them sweets began to give them donuts with powdered sugar. The hungry children never less just gobbled the sweetness that they craved for so much days and nights, all being so innocent. Until that one day, Cory becomes sick and soon the whole story changes into something more dark and serious…
I like this book very much because I love the mood of this book – depression yet that small glimpse of hope and happiness. I especially like the character Cathy because I kind of relate to her. I am usually very pessimistic because I can't really think positively. So when I was reading the story, I just felt like I understood how she felt. Even if I'm in such a good and healthy environment like this, it sometimes makes me depressed just because of one small problem, while there really are people out there starving, or locked up in the room, not even having sunshine which we complain about all the time. Also, I wondered if the mother loved them in the first place, why they would have the kids locked up in the attic, while she could have just first borrowed some money from her mom, rent a house outside of Charlottesville, let them attend school, and often come back for a visit. If she truly loved her husband and was a faithful mom, I think that would have been a more preferable idea then suffering the kids. Some people say the part where Chris and Cathy fall in love with each other is very weird. Well, as for me, I don't think that's weird at all. If you were to be in their shoes, I'm pretty sure you would understand too. I mean, they were the only two teenagers in the whole environment they lived in, the people who were seeing mature bodies of opposite sex just on each other, two people who had hormones growing just like normal teenagers. It is no wonder they fell for each other. Also, they've known each other for a very long time in a closer relationship than sisters and brothers. They have been through all the hard time together, accepting each other, and spending endless time together. I think that is a totally possible idea. I strongly recommend this book to people who like dark, mysterious, tragic stories, and can be comfortable reading about child abuse and a little sexual content.
When I first picked up the book from my little sister's desk, I was thinking, "Oh another mystery book." But it was way more than just mystery and it makes you think what's more important to the world, love or money, and what exactly are an individual's responsibilities and tasks that each one of us has to take care of or complete before they give up. Flowers in the Attic will give the chills yet the warmth if you think about it.


Return to 123HelpMe.com