Why I live at the P.O.

Length: 3 Pages 770 Words

Eudora Welty, in the story of “Why I Live at the P.O.,” tells a story of a girl and the troubles she encounters upon her sister’s return into her life. The author uses a first-person point of view to evoke a sense of sympathy from the reader. The story is told from the Sister’s perspective and portrays Stella as being spoiled and maliciously turning everyone against her. The author starts to introduce the Sister's cumbersome circumstances early on within the story. Stella-Rondo, having recently returned home after separating from her husband, immediately begins to cause havoc in the household. For example, at dinner, Stella-Rondo inquires to Papa-Daddy, "Sister says she fails to understand why you don't cut off your beard?" (Why I live at the P.O. Page 2). Being fully aware that this was a very sensitive subject with him, Stella-Rondo maliciously insinuates that Sister was the curious one. The Sister obviously knows that this was a beard he had grown out his entire life, however, Stella-Rondo deliberately brought it up knowing it would look badly on Sister. Throughout the story, the reader is cognizant of how the story tend Continue...


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She decides she will go live at the P. Mama asks Stella-Rondo, on 'Sister's behalf', whether the daughter could even talk or not. Eudora Welty shows the southern lifestyle and language through the story as well. (the daughter of Stella-Rondo) say a word since Stella-Rondo brought her. Sister shows daring when she leaves the home she was brought up in and moves to the post office. ," by Eudora Welty, is a tale of a girls life and the difficulties that she endures in her sisters presence. Welty was sheltered, so was Sister living in a small town where only her family made up the town. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. Not having seen a need, Sister refuses Mama's request and consequently turns Mama against her. Although there is some bias as the story is told from a first-person perspective, it is quite evident that Stella-Rondo's actions were malice in nature. We see this fact illustrated numerous times within the story as we are constantly being presented with scenarios that had the author told from another characters perspective, the readers' attitude may have changed. Welty also was daring in the way that she became a writer and photographer during the depression.

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