Eudora Welty Analysis

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Both Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” and Jimmy Carter’s “I Wanted to Share My Father’s World” explore the meaning of the parent-child relationship. One of the works is a short story while the other is a poem. However, in both works the presence of a strong, paternal character is central to the works them and meaning. While it is interesting to speculate on how the difference in form between the two works impacts the essential them of the work it is even more interesting to examine how the works reinforce one another on a thematic basis, grounding the reader in a sense of a universal love. The following analysis will make use of a close reading of each text in order to show that there is a universal theme beneath the two surfaces. The universal…show more content…
In order to fully demonstrate the scope of her resilience, it is necessary for Welty to first show Phoenix’s vulnerabilities and place her before a set of obstacles that reveal her inner strength as she overcomes them one by one. Welty’s description of Phoenix make her seem small and meek “She carried a thin, small cane made from an umbrella, and with this she kept tapping the frozen earth in front of her. This made a grave and persistent noise in the still air, that seemed meditative like the chirping of a solitary little bird.” (Welty 288). The love for her grandson and her need to get medicine for him are what allows her to overcome the barriers in her path. This shows that love is able to overcome weakness and obstacles and by overcoming these makes the power of love grow…show more content…
He writes, “This is a pain I mostly hide,” (Carter 698). By beginning the poem in this way, Carter is suggesting tragedy pain is often the foundation of love. It is love that overcomes the limitations of tragedy. The next line shows how the two seemingly contradictory impulses are actually combined in human experience “but ties of blood, or see, endure,” (Carter 689). As in Welty’s story, the specific focus is on family love. The special strength and understanding that comes from the close bond of a family when it is tested by tragedy and endures. In the case of both works, there is an underlying presence of death and the inevitability of departure of loved ones that provides expressive

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