Eudora Welty:Worn Path, voice in the darkness Essay

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Eudora Welty:Worn Path, voice in the darkness

Eudora Welty
The are only so many ways an author may sum up the course of a human life within just a
few pages. Eudora Welty has the awesome talent of being able to do just this. In her
stories "Where Is the Voice Coming From", "A Visit of Charity" and "A Worn Path", Welty
uses the reoccuring themes of characterization, confrontation, journey, and insight into
ones mind to convey key aspects of her stories. Through characterization Welty shows
individuals who experience confrontations, and as a result complete a type of journey.

With a chillingly cold attitude, the protagonist of "Where is The Voice Coming From" takes
it upon himself to take care of what he feels to be an inconvenience in his life, by
murdering a local civil rights activist in cold blood. He later states, "I done what I
done for my own pure-D satisfaction" ("Where is The Voice Coming From"482). This embodies
the protagonist as a cruel, racist, self righteous murderer. One later is drawn to the
conclusion that the only regret that the protagonist has is not getting the credit he
believes he deserves for his crime.

With the knowledge of her deathly ill grand son at home, Pheonix Jackson decides to head
for town to receive medication for him. In her travels the reader is given a real insight
into the person that Pheonix really is. While crossing over a fallen down log, Pheonix
jovially remarks, "I wasn't as old as I thought" ("A Worn Path"636). One must realize the
amount of strength and determination it must take for this frail old woman to accomplish
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