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Why I Live at the P.O.

What is the theme of "Why I Live at the P.O."?

A theme of “Why I Live at the P.O.” is that sometimes a lie is better than the truth. This story is about a family squabble. Sometimes families have to tell each other lies, and accept believing...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 4:48 am UTC

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a member of a tight-knit family and the citizen of a very small...

Well I think it depends if you are talking personally or about the story itself. Personally, I think that the advactages of being part of a close-knit family are pretty clear: you always have...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2007 10:21 pm UTC

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In the story "Why I live at the P.O.," is the narrator in the first person, second person, third person omniscient,...

The clue's in the title: "Why I Live at the P.O." (emphasis added). The story's a monologue, which, like all monologues, is told in first-person narrative. Essentially, the narrator is telling us...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018 5:34 am UTC

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What are some examples of how hyperbole and colloquial expressions contribute to the humor of "Why I Live at the...

The plot alone would not be enough to make Welty's story humorous; the dialogue and style of her narrative is essential to the story. Welty uses many Southern idioms in order to show a truly...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2008 11:25 am UTC

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What would be a good thesis statement for an essay about "Why I live at the P. O." that focuses on isolation within a...

In considering a thesis for the topic of isolation within a family, you may wish to consider certain factors concerning the narrator's family in "Why I Live at the P.O.": Family members define...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 10:54 am UTC

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I need to assemble the plot diagram of Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O." What could I include in the  short...

For the plot diagram, refer to Freytag's pyramid. This separates the parts of the plot development. Under Freytag's pyramid, the plot of a story consists of five parts: exposition, rising action,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012 12:24 am UTC

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What statements does the narrator make that seem unreliable?

Eudora Welty's comic short story "Why I Live at the P.O." is narrated from the first-person point of view. The eNotes Guide to Literary Terms defines the first-person point of view as "one where...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 1:22 pm UTC

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What symbolism is there in "Why I Live at the P.O."?

The P.O., or post office, where the character Sister works is symbolic. She works in a tiny post office in China Grove, in which her family is the main family. After deciding to leave home, Sister...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 1:22 am UTC

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What is a good analytical thesis statement for "Why I Live at the P.O."?

One thing that might be useful in deciding upon a thesis statement for this story is to look at the major characters. Perhaps you could compare and contrast Sister with Stella Rondo. How are they...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2008 12:16 pm UTC

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Can we equate the narrator’s voice with Welty’s?

In reading a piece of literature, one is almost always advised to separate the speaker or narrator from the author of the text. Even when the author and the speaker are indeed the same, the version...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 5:25 am UTC

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What is the setting for "Why I Live at the P.O."?  

The setting of “Why I Live at the P.O.” is the family home in China Grove, Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century. There is a small post office in China Grove, Mississippi that connects...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 5:12 am UTC

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Can Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O." be classified as Southern Grotesque literature?

Most of the elements of Southern Gothic are present and correct in "Why I Live at the P.O." For one thing, Sister lives at the post office in order to escape her eccentric family, a common feature...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018 10:37 am UTC

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Analyze the theme of jealousy in Eudora Welty's story, "Why I Live at the P.O."

In Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O.," we can see jealousy on the part of "Sister." It seems pretty evident in that Sister does all she can to discredit her sister, Stella-Rondo when she...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 4:44 am UTC

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Explain the character of Sister in "Why I Live in the P.O." by Eudora Welty.

A funny story written in southern style—“Why I Live at the P. O.” by Eudora Welty takes place in China Grove, Mississippi, a very small town. Welty’s story concerns a dysfunctional family that...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 12:46 am UTC

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Can the narrator's voice be equated to Welty's?

In Eudora Welty's story, "Why I Live at the P.O.," the narrator has a very clear and strong voice. The narrator, Sister, is sassy and opinionated--she has a thought on just about any topic and is...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 9:40 pm UTC

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Is the sister slightly crazy, or is her odd behavior a justified revolt against her family?

She may be off-balanced but I don't think she is crazy.  Her living situation has driven her nuts, but probably not literally.  Her family is eccentric, to say the least.  Her sister...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2007 7:04 am UTC

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In "Why I Live at the P.O." what are the things that Sister takes with her when she leaves the family home?

At the end of Eudora Welty’s short story “Why I Live at the P.O.,” Sister storms out of her mother’s house, taking several items with her. She had finally had enough of her family’s behavior and...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 9:16 pm UTC

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For my essay, I want to discuss how lies cause isolation and hurt in Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O." How does...

In Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O.," the rural setting of the story enables Stella-Rondo to hurt Sister. More than any other region, the South retained a separate culture from the rest of...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012 2:05 am UTC

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How does, "Why I Live at the P.O." relate to Eudora Welty's life during the period in which she wrote it?

In Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O.," Welty does not write about her personal life. She had a positive relationship with her parents—they were particularly supportive of her work in writing....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 5:40 pm UTC

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Discuss the story "Why I Live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty. 

A perfect example of a dysfunctional family can be found in “Why I Live at the P.O.” by Eudora Welty. In this kind of family, the individuals feel isolated even in the confines of the family. The...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2012 5:09 am UTC

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How does the symbolism in "Why I Live at the P.O." compare to the symbolism in "A Worn Path?"

The main way the two stories' symbolism can be compared is through the symbolic characters that Welty uses. For example, Phoenix Jackson in "A Worn Path" is a symbol of longevity and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2008 9:32 am UTC

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Is Sister justified in moving out and into the Post Office? Why or why not?

Throughout the story "Why I Live at the P.O.," Sister describes the difficulties that she has with her family. She believes that Stella-Rondo has stirred up all kinds of trouble for her and has...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 5:16 pm UTC

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How is "Why I live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty similar to or different from "The Revolt of Mother" by Mary E....

“Why I Live at the P.O.” and “The Revolt of Mother” are both about family disturbances caused by strong women. “Why I Live at the P.O.” is about the narrator’s insistence that her family confront...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 4:59 am UTC

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How much of what Sister reports can we believe?

In Eudora Welty's famous short story, "Why I Live at the P.O.," Sister is the classic unreliable narrator, so believe what she says with caution! This story is told in first person, with Sister...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 2:00 am UTC

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What is the only thing that Stella Rondo's daugther could say in "Why I Live at the P.O."?  

Stella-Ronda’s daughter could only sing “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man” and say "Papa." Stella-Ronda insists that her daughter Shirley-T, who looks like Shirley Temple, is adopted. Their mother is...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 4:22 am UTC

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Explain Eudora Welty’s definition of “place” as it relates to Southern fiction, including the specific function...

In Eudora Welty's "Why I Live in the P.O." the sense of place is of paramount importance because it directs the point of view of the narrator, Sister. For, it is out of her own experience and its...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011 10:38 am UTC

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What is an example of a symbol in "Why I Live at the P.O." and what does it mean?

A symbol in “Why I Live at the P.O. is Shirley-T, Stella-Rondo’s daughter. She is a symbol both of the life the narrator could have had and how her sister took it from her. Much of the tension in...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 4:38 am UTC

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In "Why I Live at the P.O." what is your initial impression of Sister, the story's narrator?

This is a great question to think about, because so much of the richness of this story lies in the use of the unreliable narrator that Welty uses to great effect here. Initially, I think we are all...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012 2:56 pm UTC

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I would like a charater analysis for the character Sister in "Why I Live at the P.O."

Sister is the narrator of this excellent short story who is shown through her narrative account of what happens to her and her family to be perhaps more prejudiced and biased than she herself is...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 10:02 pm UTC

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In "Why I Live at the P. O." how can we know that the child is Stella's?

We can't. We need to remember that one of the most important aspects of this narrative is the way that it is told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. As such, it becomes incredibly...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 2:35 pm UTC

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In Why I Live at the P.O., is there a point in the story that you find yourself reassessing sister? Why or why not?

Personally, I feel like I am always criticising and analyzing Stella-Rondo throughout Why I Live at the P.O. Given that narrator, Sister, is the speaker presenting the story, I found myself...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 8:42 am UTC

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What is the theme of "Why I Live at the P.O." and how is it influenced by the setting and narrative voice of the story?

To get to theme, home in on the details of narrative voice and setting to see what larger ideas rise to the surface. NARRATIVE VOICE: Sister tells the tale, and the first question one must ask of a...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2009 10:58 am UTC

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In the story "Why I Live at the P.O," how is "cutting off your nose to spite your face" an ironic...

The scene you're referring to is another family disagreement at the dinner table. When Sister announces that she's had enough and is going to just live in the post office, everyone announces that...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2008 11:12 pm UTC

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In "Why I Live at the P.O." why is the character of the sister funny?

I assume that your question refers to the narrator of this excellent and amusing story, rather than Stella-Rondo, who is the sister of the narrator, and is referred to as "Sister." It is important...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011 9:14 pm UTC

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Do you think this family reflects the traditional Southern focus on family units?

"Why I Live at the P.O." emphasizes the distance within family units, rather than their closeness. In the story, each character seems distanced and unable to communicate well with the other...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 9:57 pm UTC

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Why does it take 9 loads to bring Sister's belongings to the post office in "Why I Live at the P.O.?"  

There are two reasons why it takes nine loads to move Sister's things to the post office. The first reason is basic and fairly factual. The girl who is helping her is pulling a little wagon,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 4:57 am UTC

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In Welty's "Why I Live at The P.O," how can we demonstrate that Sister is harassed by her family?

Sister is harassed by her family members because they refuse to acknowledge that Stella-Rondo had a child out of wedlock and they accept her side against Sister’s. Stella-Rondo is not pleased that...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 5:18 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2010 3:05 am UTC

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How would you explicate the opening paragraph?

The opening paragraph of "Why I Live at the P.O." explains much of the background of the story and hints about the problems that its main characters encounter throughout the rest of the text. The...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2018 11:41 pm UTC

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Can someone list three characters in "Why I Live at the P.O." that are important to the plot?

What a wonderful story this is. Three characters that drive the plot of "Why I Live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty are Sister (the narrator), Stella-Rondo and Mama. This is not to say that the other...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 2:29 am UTC

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How can I write a character analysis for Sister in "Why I Live at the P.O."?

Also, please check out the free guide on eNotes called, How to Write a Character Analysis in 10 Easy Steps.

Latest answer posted June 16, 2009 3:52 am UTC

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