As literature has progressed throughout the centuries, one of the basic principles has remained the same and that is: for literature to be effective, the reader must establish a connection of some sort to the literary work. Looking at the story from a theological standpoint, Alice Walker’s short story, The Welcome Table (1970), makes the reader not only imagine the struggles colored people had to endure but also knowing that having faith in Jesus can bring about a sense of joy.
This piece of literary work captured my interest because of its true soulfulness and also how the story was told. The text explains about a point-of-view called omniscient, which is used in this story. Omniscient, according to Clugston, is “when the story is being told by someone who is not a character but knows the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the story” (Clugston, 2010, p. 3.1). After reading the story, it made me somehow feel the plight of the old woman. This story brought up feelings that challenge the reader to look within from a sociological and psychological point-of-view. Even though the civil rights movement radically changed the way people look at race, there still are cultures out there that embrace the old ways.
Utilizing the reader-response approach, as outlined in the text, the reader is creating a connection with the literature. Not only that, but Clugston also goes on to say, “you must not depend solely on your feelings and opinions as you develop a critical essay: you must account for your feelings by finding specific aspects of the literary work that make you feel as you do (Clugston, 2010, p. 16.2). This is especially true when I started to read about the old black woman. The story starts off describing the old black woman in detail, which sparked my imagination. The author made no recompense for the way she looked, just described her as she appeared,
“The old woman stood with eyes uplifted in her Sunday–go–to–meeting clothes:... [continues]
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