Eudora Welty

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Why does Welty use long sentences and a slow pace for a sense of foreboding in "A Visit to Charity"?

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Eudora Welty's story, "A Visit of Charity," is an interesting story of a young girl's visit to a home for the elderly. For the girl, it is like stepping into another world. The elderly women are objectified and treated almost like animals. It is a place where the girl feels uncomfortable and out of place.

Welty creates long sentences in the opening scene to shape the setting of the story. She wants the moment to move slowly and give a sense of foreboding because the girl is going into this other world. As she walks into this home, the girl feels disoriented and the opening scene prepares the reader for this. Once inside, she sees how mean the women are to each other and has a glimpse of what her future might be like when she gets older. With the sentence structure and pacing in the opening scene, Welty foreshadows the shocking experience the girl will have once inside.

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