Eudora welty place in fiction essay

Conciseness is a worthy goal. When I’m invited to write an article for a magazine, I might be given a 1200-word limit. If I write 1700 words, they won’t accept my article. I have to keep chopping out words, phrases, and sometimes entire paragraphs until I finally reach 1200. The process can be painful, especially if those words were written with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears! Every word we write seems important to us, doesn’t it? But having a word limit is an excellent practice in writing concisely ; it takes discipline to write within specific parameters, and it takes a good deal of bravery to remove words we’ve chosen with such care and feel attached to.

Reviewed by EUDORA WELTY

  • Hear . White read from "Charlotte's Web" . B. White has written his book for children, which is nice for us older ones as it calls for big type. Most of the story takes place in the Zuckerman barn through the passing of the four seasons. "Life in the barn was very good--night and day, winter and summer, spring and fall, dull days and bright days * * * with the garrulous geese, the changing seasons, the heat of the sun, the passage of swallows, the nearness of rats, the sameness of sheep, the love of spiders, the smell of manure, and the glory of everything." This book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life, and the good backbone of succinctness that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow. The characters are varied--good and bad, human and animal, talented and untalented, warm and cold, ignorant and intelligent, vegetarian and blood-drinking--varied but not simple or opposites. They are the real thing. Wilbur is a of a sweet nature--he is a spring pig--affectionate, responsive to moods of the weather and the song of the crickets, has long eyelashes, is hopeful, partially willing to try anything, brave, subject to faints from bashfulness, is loyal to friends, enjoys a good appetite and a soft bed, and is a little likely to be overwhelmed by the sudden chance for complete freedom. He changes the subject when the conversation gets painful, and a buttermilk bath brings out his beauty. When he was a baby he was a runt, but the sun shone pink through his ears, endearing him to a little girl named Fern. She is his protector, and he is the hero. Charlotte A. Cavitica ("but just call me Charlotte") is the heroine, a large gray spider "about the size of a gumdrop." She has eight legs and can wave them in friendly greeting. When her friends wake up in the morning she says "Salutations!"--in spite of sometimes having been up all night herself, working. She tells Wilbur right away that she drinks blood, and Wilbur on first acquaintance begs her not to say that. Another good character is Templeton, the rat. "The rat had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no decency, no milk of rodent kindness, no compunctions, no higher feeling, no friendliness, no anything." "Talking with Templeton was not the most interesting occupation in the world," Wilbur finds, "but it was better than nothing." Templeton grudges his help to others, then brags about it, can fold his hands behind his head, and sometimes acts like a spoiled child. There is the goose, who can't be surprised by barnyard ways. "It's the old pail-trick, Wilbur * * *. He's trying to lure you into captivity-ivity. He's appealing to your stomach." The goose always repeats everything. "It is my idio-idio-idiosyncrasy." What the book is about is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasure and pain, and the passing of time. As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done. What it all proves--in the words of the minister in the story which he hands down to his congregation after Charlotte writes "Some Pig" in her web--is "that human beings must always be on the watch for the coming of wonders." Dr. Dorian says in another place, "Oh, no, I don't understand it. But for that matter I don't understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle." The author will only say, "Charlotte was in a class by herself." "At-at-at, at the risk of repeating myself," as the goose says, "Charlotte's Web" is an adorable book. Miss Welty is the author of "The Golden Apples" and other volumes of short stories.

    Eudora welty place in fiction essay

    eudora welty place in fiction essay

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