The Experiences in One's Childhood

Topics: Eudora Welty, Jackson, Mississippi Pages: 2 (751 words) Published: December 6, 2011
The experiences in one's childhood will shape his future. In the passage of Eudora Welty's autobiography One Writer's Beginnings, she recalls one of many childhood experiences that helped flourish her love of reading even further. Her language and selection of detail convey the intensity and value of these experiences. She invests especial attention to experiences involving Mrs. Calloway, her Mother, and herself. Welty discusses her mother to uncover the intensity and value she recalls from her early reading experiences. She characterizes her mother as "not afraid" and perpetually "reading." These traits served as a model for Welty and one can infer the importance of the encouragement to read and support offered by her mother. She gave "[Welty]... her own library card" and "permission to read any book she [wanted]." This was imperative to the development of Welty's taste for reading and certainly valuable to her future. Welty’s mentioning of her Mother constantly reading and comparing herself “to my mother as severely as to me” (line43-44) is a foreshadowing a becoming of her. Welty’s mother can manage the task of reading and doing other tasks, working, baking etc. while the young Welty, is impulsive about reading “I knew this was bliss, knew it at the time. Taste isn’t nearly so important; it comes in its own time” (line 51-53). Showing in time, as she matures her control over her thirst for knowledge will uphold. Welty’s mother is not the first to be introduced; she sets the tone “I never knew anyone… without being afraid… of our librarian” (lines 1-2) as intimidating using Calloway as a vehicle for intensity. Welty also adds to the reputation of Mrs. Calloway as daunting as well as the setting in Jackson, Mississippi. Mrs. Calloway was not the warm librarian we normally think of, “her dragon eye on the front door” (line5). Mrs. Calloway is the dragon in every fairy tale, she is the hoarder, the guardian of the prized and beloved treasure; the books. Welty...
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