A Visit of Charity Questions and Answers

A Visit of Charity

Because Marian's visit to the Home is a selfish act, she is not prepared to be generous, and her deliberate act of hiding the apple in the shrub is an indication thereof. Marian's visit is a chore...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2017, 9:40 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

As Marian leaves the Old Ladies' Home, she reclaims a red apple that she hid in a prickly shrub when she arrived. She then stops a departing bus, jumps on when it stops, and takes a big bite out of...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2017, 10:38 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

In the story, the nurse is cold, detached, and apathetic. She is not especially friendly to visitors. It is clear that her indifference allows her to maintain her emotional equilibrium in her line...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

In this story by Eudora Welty, the young Campfire Girl Marian visits two elderly women who are roommates in a nursing home. They are presented initially as having contrasting personalities and...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

At first, it seems like Marian might have chosen to bring a potted plant with her to the nursing home in order to cheer whichever resident she is coming to visit. Soon, we learn that she is a...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020, 11:15 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

Marian flees the room of the two old women because she is not strong enough to heal the alienation that exists between the women and the separation from them that she herself feels. With the ironic...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2017, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

Marian hides the apple before entering the old ladies' home. This tells us an awful lot about what kind of person she is. For Marian is a very selfish individual. She only visits old ladies' homes...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 9:02 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

In Welty's story "A Visit of Charity," her overall message is that people in nursing homes lose their identity and are treated badly, almost like animals. The many references to animals...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

The old ladies, from Marian's point of view, behave bizarrely when Marian comes to visit. One old lady, Addie, stays in bed, while the other woman sharing the room pulls Marian inside. While Addie...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2021, 12:46 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

The potted blooming plant that Marian brings to the old age home is a central symbol in the story. It contributes to the cynical tone of the story in several ways. One way of looking at the pot of...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 12:41 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

The theme of the story is shown by the irony in the title. Marion's visit derives from selfishness, not from charity. True charity comes from within, and her childish ambition is totally at odds...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

After dashing out of the Old Ladies’ Home, Marian pulls out from under a shrub an apple that she hid earlier. Then she runs to catch a bus, hops aboard, and takes “a big bite out of the apple.”...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2021, 3:25 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

In Welty's "Visit of Charity," she highlights the condition of a nursing home through a little girl's visit. Through her eyes, the reader can see how bleak life is for the elderly patients who have...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

On her visit to the nursing home, Marian the young Campfire Girl takes a small potted plant with her. The plant is intended to be a gift for one of the old ladies there. Marian doesn't know exactly...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

The story concludes with five brief paragraphs, three of them consisting of just one sentence. Some of the sentences are also short, simple sentences, such as the very last line: "She jumped on...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019, 10:59 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

The short story "A Visit of Charity" by Eudora Welty tells of a 14-year-old girl named Marian who is visiting an Old Ladies' Home. She is a Campfire Girl, and she will receive points toward a score...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019, 1:27 am (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

The story is a metaphor. When the girl scout visits the old ladies, she is baffled and horrified. As she leaves she eats a bite out of an apple, returning to reality from the misery of the home....

Latest answer posted February 11, 2012, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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A Visit of Charity

Marian is paying a visit to the old folks' home to get three points towards her next Campfire Girl badge. That's the only reason why she's doing it; she doesn't actually want to help anyone....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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