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ENG 125 Week 2 Assignment - Theme and Narrative Elements in the Short Story

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Literary Elements 1
Running head: THEME AND NARRATIVE
Important Elements of Narratives
Ashford University
Introduction to Literature
ENG 125
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Literary Elements 2
Important Elements of Narratives
Told from the narration of a third person, Alice Walkers’ ‘The Welcome Table’ has a
description of a woman that is so descriptive that it closes the space for possibility in which a
reader could imagine anything different other than being beggared. The well-worn clothing,
absence of cleanliness; the characterization of this no-named woman was structured in such a
way that leads readers to feel empathy. In fact, the narration was written so effectively that it
provoked the thought that perhaps the third person perspective could have been born out of a first
person experience.
I speculate that the author has a religious background and is attempting to share a lesson
with the mistreatment of others. Writing as if to assume how others might view the woman in the
story, the author does not specifically share how the woman in the story actually felt. By
example, Walker uses the following observation: “Others saw cooks, chauffeurs, maids,
mistresses, children denied or smothered in the deferential way she held her cheek to the side,
toward the ground”, which provokes the thought she may have felt through her experience
directly.
The theme of the story was about life lessons. The story precludes never mistreat or turn
your back on someone in need of help. The destitute woman had the desire to understand God
from inside of a church; and this can comfortably be compared to the countless of homeless
people that are in every major metropolitan city today. The story is a reminder to not ‘judge a
book by the cover” and that there is a lot of depth to a person other than the initial assessment.
The plot of the story is an ideal that any reader can relate with because most people have been
misjudged or poorly treated by someone; or been the one to inflict the judgment or pain onto
others in his or her past. With this in mind it did not matter whether we were the poor character

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Running head: THEME AND NARRATIVE Important Elements of Narratives Ashford University Introduction to Literature ENG 125 Submitted: Important Elements of Narratives Told from the narration of a third person, Alice Walkers' 'The Welcome Table' has a description of a woman that is so descriptive that it closes the space for possibility in which a reader could imagine anything different other than being beggared. The well-worn clothing, absence of cleanliness; the characterization of this no-named woman was structured in such a way that leads readers to feel empathy. In fact, the narration was written so effectively that it provoked the thought that perhaps the third person perspective could have been born out of a first person experience. I speculate that the author has a religious background and is attempting to share a lesson with the mistreatment of others. Writing as if to assume how others might view the woman in the story, the author does not specifically share how the woman in the story actually felt. By example, Walker uses the following observation: "Others saw cooks, chauffeurs, maids, mistresses, children denied or smothered in the deferential way she held her ...
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