Yesterday: the Color Purple and Welcome Table

Topics: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Color Purple, Alice Walker Pages: 3 (797 words) Published: January 26, 2014


Arthur Burgess

Eng. 125
Introduction to Literature
ENG122: English CompENG122: English Composition
Stephanie Freese

January 13, 2013

For my week one assignment I choose to write about “The Welcome Table” (Walker, A) 1970. What first captured my interest in this short story was a poem listed before the story, the poem was called “For my sister Clara Ward” by (Walker, A) 1970 “I’m going to sit at the Welcome table, Shout my troubles over, Walk and talk with Jesus, Tell God how you treat me, One of these days!” This short story and poem reminds me of going to church with my great grandmother and grandmother. At that time I didn’t realize how precious it was to have them around. I took for granted having dinner every Sunday after church with those two wonderful ladies, sometime we would have conversations about Jesus and life for hours and hours as we sat around the table. Today I wish they were still here to help guide me through hard times. I find myself walking with my eyes closed listening for their voices for some kind of spiritual direction. Reading “The Welcome Table” allowed my mind to connect with my imagination to what Alice Walker was expressing to the world, and to the readers. The story focuses on an elderly woman’s life, and after she had worked for many years in many different households, she knew her life was soon coming to an end. Though she felt her life would soon be over her inspiration and focus was looking forward to having a talk with Jesus at the welcome table. The welcome table I believe is a metaphor for when she reaches heaven, she will be able to talk with her savior. In her final days she choose to attend a church to worship and praise Jesus, unfortunately because she was unfamiliar to the parishioners of the church she was not allowed to continue her worship and she was escorted out of...
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