Alice Walker's literary work, The Welcome Table (as cited in Clugston, 2014), contain many literary elements that contribute to the short stories theme. According to Journey into Literature (Clugston, 2014), Walker's work is known to be centered around "Issues of race and gender" (Clugston, 2014). In her short story The Welcome Table (as cited in Clugston, 2014), she keeps to the theme of centering her story around the issue of discrimination, but includes the strength of faith as well. The use of the literary elements, tone and point of view, and how they contribute to the theme of this story are the focus of this essay. The tone of The Welcome Table contains drama and irony. Walker's use of third-person omniscient as the point of view, really enhances the drama and irony within this story. The use of third-person in this story gives “an all-knowing point of view” (Clugston, 2014). I believe this point of view allowed Walker to add more imagery to the story which made the story become more vivid. The main character of this story is a little old woman dressed in her "Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes" (as cited in Clugston, 2014). The reader quickly learns from the thoughts of the others that the lady is black and she is standing "on the church steps" (as cited in Clugston, 2014). As the narrator describes the how the old woman looked to the white congregation, it paints a vivid picture of her having skin "the color of poor gray Georgia earth" and "the missing buttons down the front of her mildewed dress"(as cited in Clugston, 2014). The thoughts of the congregation creates drama by sharing the fear they felt just from the old woman's presence during their "Christian worship" (as cited in Clugston, 2014). This "fear of the black and the old" and how some of the congregation saw "cooks, chauffeurs, maids, mistresses, children denied or smothered" as they looked upon the old woman, brings the issue of discrimination to the fore front. This is also where the ironic twist enters the story. Being that this is taking place within a Christian church, it is ironic how the congregation treats the old woman just based on the color of her skin. Margaret Bauer (1992) writes "in Walker's story the strength of the old woman's faith, indicated by her ability to see Christ, adds irony to her being considered unworthy of attending any Christian church." The old lady was told to "Go 'way" and then finally physically thrown out of the Church in the cold, out of fear that the old woman presence would be a "desecration of Holy Church" and "invasion of privacy" (as cited in Clugston, 2014). Christian values teach of loving one another, kindness, and love. The old woman was shown none of these things and was shown the complete opposite of these values. The old woman's strength of…
Literary Analysis 2
By: Meghan Wilkins
Table of contents:
Page 1: Rough Draft response for “Ain’t I A Woman?”
12 March 2014Rough Draft: Literary analysis 2: “Ain’t I a Woman?”
In Sojourner Truth’s excerpt, “Ain’t I A Women?” the narrator talks about how she thinks that she should have equal rights to anyone else and she is going to attempt to join together with others to get the world back to the way it was truly meant to be.
In the beginning…
May 28th, 2014
Avoiding the Demise of Literature
Individuals tend to get defensive when they read literary works that challenge their attitudes, beliefs, or ways of life. Throughout history, these protective mindsets have served as the cause of tension and violence across the world. However, if people continue to take offense to what is published against their values, society will become obligated to eliminate these sources of their indignation, leading to the demise…
18 May 2015
Alymer is an idiot.
When given the opportunity to choose any of our readings for a personal literary response paper, I decided to go with “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne because it is an absolutely fascinating story of the lengths you will go to make the one you love happy and the pursuit of perfection. Honestly, I didn’t deeply identify with any of the major characters but I have learned that a story doesn’t have to intensely resound with…
December 4 2014
Literary Analysis Paper
The story of The Glass Menagerie is that of the Wingfield family. The story’s main character Tom narrates the play and brings the audience into the household where Tom’s mother desperately attempts to find a suitor for her daughter Laura. The vivid description playwright Tennessee Williams writes his characters in is a reflection to that of his own life and personal experiences. There are many challenges characters face in The…
Literary Analysis on Young Goodman Brown
In Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown, Goodman Brown was a Christian man who lived in Salem and the story’s protagonist. Goodman Brown was married to a woman named Faith. Brown is a round character because he is afraid of the forest and lurking around trees thinking Indians or the devil would jump out. He is also a dynamic character because he changes at the end of the story. Faith is a beautiful virtuous woman…
The short, fictional stories of “Where Are You Going, Where Have You been?” and “A Rose for Emily” depicts dark, and mysterious characteristics of Arnold Friend and Emily Grieson, whom both have a sense of drive that they must fulfill. It is as if they are stuck in the borderline of what is sanely dark or pure evil. Not only do their motives fulfill this sense of relief within themselves, but they stop at nothing to get what they want; Even if they have to resort to the…
3.3Analyze interactions between main and subordinate characters in a literary text.
3.6 Analyze / trace development of time and sequence including the use of literary
3.9Explain how voice, persona and choice of narrator affect characterization, tone
How to analyze a text
1. Read or reread the text with specific
questions in mind.
2. Marshal basic ideas, events and names.
Depending on the complexity of book, this
requires additional review of the…
Times were different before the American Revolution. Van Winkle was said to be quite a lazy man, although he made it work. He was known to neglect even his own farm and home. Most of the things he did, or didn’t do, was because of the nagging welcome he would receive from his wife as he returned home. On the subject of laziness according to Irving, “It could not be for the want of assiduity or perseverance; for he would sit on a wet rock, with a rod as long and heavy as a Tartar’s lance, and fish…
Literary Analysis Essay
What is the definition of a hero? Well I think a hero is brave and willing to risk his/her life for someone else’s. Hero’s are made from the challenges they face because every hero as been faced with challenges. There were many challenges that Bilbo Baggins faced in the book The Hobbit and the way he handled these challenges that were thrown at him is what made him a hero.
The first challenge that Bilbo faced was saving his friends the dwarves from the Elvenkings jail…
Literary Analysis- “Say You’re One of Them”
Karisa Levasseur 10/1/2011
My Parents Bedroom
In the short story, “My Parents’ Bedroom,’ written by Uwem Akpan, the most defining role of literacy that sticks out is symbolism. The images that are engraved into readers brains are ones that have deeper meanings than what we initially see on the surface. The story is told through the eyes of a little girl named, Monique, who is only nine years old. It is told in first person point…