How does the lack of communication in Sister's family relate to theme in "Why I Live at the P. O."?

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The lack of communication among the characters in Welty's "Why I live at the P.O." is directly related to the theme of individuality (or lack thereof) in the story.  Sister believes that she knows the truth behind her sister Stella-Rondo's schemes with Mr. Whitaker; however, Stella-Rondo paints a different picture of truth for her family.  Stella-Rondo "shines" in front of her family, and as a result, Sister is often left in the background.  She feels like no one in her family listens to her and that they would rather be taken in by Stella-Rondo's lies.  Sister does not feel like she has a sense of individuality among her family members, hence her leaving for the P. O.  So, the lack of communication reinforces the sense of identity among the characters.

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