Eudora Welty

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Eudora Welty Timed Writing

The urge and undeniable desire for the written language can reveal itself from an aspiring writer in various, distinct ways. One’s beginnings can be rooted from any angle in life; for some, it is the fear of “books coming to an end” that compels them to write professionally. In her autobiography, One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty passionately and authentically expresses where her longing to become a fiction writer originated in the early stages of childhood. Through her explicit language and unique style, Welty conveys the intensity and value of her early experiences that determined her to pursue her love affair in reading and writing.

Welty uses a great deal of characterization throughout the passage of her autobiography that emphasizes how the actions of others had an influence on her desire to become a writer. She begins by informing her reader that she “never knew anyone who’d grown up in Jackson without being afraid of Mrs. Calloway… she sat with her back to the books and facing the stairs, her dragon eye on the front door…” This immediately suggests the librarian is by a means of intimidation and creates a disturbing environment in the library that most people prefer to avoid entirely. Generally, most librarians will not put their back to the books, because it conveys the opposite vibe than what is expected from them. While librarians are supposed to adore reading and sharing it with others, it can be noted from the passage that Mrs. Calloway inevitably does not portray this sentimental feeling through her body language; therefore, many patrons that pass through the doors of her library will judge her to be an unusual and temperamental librarian. Mrs. Calloway’s dominate and “commanding voice” could always be heard over the “steading seething sound coming from her electric fan… turned directly on her streaming face.” Through alliteration, Welty illustrates the intensity of her villain-like impression. Welty’s depiction...
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