Once More to the Little Store

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Once More to the Little Store

They were surrounding me with shades of yellow and black; I stood in the middle of a sunflower garden. I wanted to pick a flower for my mom, who was inside of our apartment. I searched around the hoard of flowers until I found the perfect one. Then it fades to black. This exact clip was cut out of my childhood and remains imprinted in my memories for some unknown reason. Every person has one of these “clips” in which they have a vivid memory of one place or time from their youth. Both E.B. White and Eudora Welty explore these memories in their pieces Once More to the Lake, and The Little Store, respectively. Each of these writers focus in on a place from their youth that had a deeper meaning to them. For White, it was a lake where his family vacationed and for Welty, it was a small corner store. Their memories are only enhanced through the authors use of language and style to convey meaning through out their essays.

In E.B. White’s Once More to the Lake, White relives his experience at the same lake to which he visited as a child. He begins by describing the lake when he was a child and then progressing as he ages. The main purpose of doing so is to depict the effects of time on not only the setting, but on himself. Throughout the essay, White is constantly comparing himself to not only his son, but his own father. “I began to sustain the illusion that [my son] was I, and therefore, by simple transposition, that I was my father” (White par. 4). One of the most prominent pieces of the essay that depicts the overall meaning is described in the very end of the essay. “I watched him, his hard little body, skinny and bare, saw him wince slightly as he pulled up around his vitals the small, soggy, icy garment. As he buckled the swollen belt, suddenly my groin felt the chill of death” (White par. 13). In these last sentences, White is not only realizing that he is middle-aged, but he is feeling what his son is feeling as he enters the...
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