Eudora Welty Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

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Eudora Welty Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Although some dominant themes and characteristics appear regularly in Eudora Welty’s fiction, her work resists categorization. The majority of her stories are set in her beloved Mississippi Delta country, of which she paints a vivid and detailed picture, but she is equally comfortable evoking such diverse scenes as a Northern city or a transatlantic ocean liner. Thematically, she concerns herself both with the importance of family and community relations and, paradoxically, with the strange solitariness of human experience. Elements of myth and symbol often appear in her work, but she uses them in shadowy, inexplicit ways. Perhaps the only constant in Welty’s fiction is her unerring keenness of observation, both of physical...

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