This paper focuses on two stories written by two writers during in the nineteenth-century period to explore differences or similarities in their writing. Specifically, the current paper compares and contrasts how Eudora Welty and Kate Chopin convey issues in their society by considering the use of language, themes, point of view, and characterization in A Worn Path and Regret respectively.
Critics have lauded Eudora Welty’s knack for creating art out of everyday experiences that touched her life. Indeed, most of Welty’s writing is the result of a resolute shaping imagination and a deep founded love and comprehension of carefully chosen language to conjure characters in dramatic motion (Warren, 1944). In A Worn Path, Welty replicates this mastery of language to tell the story of an elderly African American woman on a journey to the town of Natchez to get medicine for her grandson who was permanently injured after consuming lye. The old woman, Phoenix Jackson experiences various challenges on her journey including difficult terrain and an encounter with a dog that ends with her falling into a ditch and a white hunter who helps her out of the ditch. Despite these challenges, Phoenix is determined to get to Natchez and eventually makes it. Reading through the story, the reader can see that there is more to the story than just a narrative about an elderly woman’s journey to town (Welty, 1991).
Welty uses setting and literary devices to create depth in the story and relate to the reader issues occurring in her society at the time of writing. The story is set in the rural American south and in December, during winter. This setting conveys the difficultness of Phoenix’s task, she had to trek through thorny bushes,...
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...e plight of the human condition. The authors vary however in their thematic focus whereby Welty’s A Worn Path is focused on racism, resurrection, guilt, duty and responsibility while Chopin’s Regret Song explores feminism, solitude, gender conformity and children.
Cartwright, K. (2013). Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways: Travels in Deep Southern Time, Circum-Caribbean Space, Afro-Creole Authority. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
Chopin, K. (2013). Delphi Complete Works of Kate Chopin (Illustrated). Newport, RI: Delphi Classics.
Skaggs, P. (1994). Kate Chopin: 1951-1904. In P. Lauter, The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 2nd ed. (pp. 635-37). Lexington,DC: Heath.
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