English 125 Introduction to Literature
Professor Peter Kunze
August 27th, 2012
Alice Walker’s, The Welcome Table, and Nadine Gordimer’s, the Country Lovers, are both short stories that deal with the moral and psychological tension of a racially and divided setting and environment among the black and white race. Walker and Gordimer point out the hypocrisy and injustice of racism in these two particular stories told in third–person omniscient point of view. Each story is written in a way that the reader is able to pick out its individual quality in different ways with very different emotional effects. The Welcome Table and County Lovers, each protest racism while exposing the tragic human consequence of our society then and now. However, they differ partly because of the context within which each story was written, but also in the way that they are written along with their overall emotional impact on the reader’s imagination and understanding of what each of them is feeling or trying to express within the story itself. “All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world”—Alice Walker, black writer (Nguyen, Tram). Walker’s story is set in the United States in the post-civil rights era, but as she does in a lot of her short stories from that time, she concerns herself with the plight of the older and rural African-Americans who have been unable to take advantage of the freedoms gained by the civil rights movement and who are condemned to a life governed by the legacy and bondage of slavery. Walker, in spite of desperate circumstances of the African-American people sought to see faith and faithfulness in all that she wrote. She wrote in a less directive fashion in which the reader had to discover her themes as they read. Some authors just wrote stories that demonstrated our folly in polluting the environment. Walker wrote stories that encouraged people to take a closer...