What are some similarities and differences in tone and style between "Everyday Use" and Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path"?

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First, you need to understand what tone is.  Tone is usually defined as the author's attitude towards his/her subject matter in a piece of writing.  In both stories, a similar tone is one of respect for both of the main characters, "Mama" in "Everyday Use" and Phoenix Jackson in "A Worn Path."  Both are very strong African-American women who have had very rough lives and who have to battle racism and who live in the South.  The authors of both stories convey a sense of reverence and respect for the two protagonists.  Even though both are uneducated, both protagonists are very intelligent in matters of life.  They've learned hard lessons in their lives and they both are very wise.  As for the styles of both stories, both writers approach these stories with simple language that is easy for the reader to understand.  This coincides with the simplicities of each story.