Eudora Welty's writing style

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Eudora Welty's writing style and us of theme and setting aided her in becoming one of the greatest writers of all time. Welty credits her family for her success. 'Without the love and belief my family gave me, I could not have become a writer to begin with' (Welty, IX). Eudora Welty's writings are light-hearted and realistic. Her stories explore common everyday life.

Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on April 13, 1909. She was an observant child. She was fascinated by sounds and sights, human voices and the changing of seasons. Welty's happy childhood and serene life is reflected in her fiction.

Eudora Welty's ability to observe created her talent to precisely tell situations as they would be seen. This talent brings her stories to life. The in-depth accounts that she writes of jump off of the page and into the readers' imagination. The descriptive passages in her fiction bring about vibrant images in the readers' mind.

The short story 'A Memory' opens up with a clear visual image. 'The water shone like steel, motionless except for the feathery curl behind a distant swimmer. From my position I was looking through a rectangle brightly lit, actually glaring at me with sun, sand, water, a little pavilion, a few solitary people in fixed attitudes, and around it all a border of dark rounded oak trees, like that engraved thunderclouds surrounding illustrations in the bible'(Welty,75). Welty's long sentence structure and word usage allows the reader to feel as though he or she were the one sitting on the beach. This description helps the reader to be involved in the story. He or she could feel as though he or she were a part of the story instead of someone only looking in.

As the story progresses, the...