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Characters Of Outsiders In Society

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In Eudora Welty’s "A Worn Path” and Sherwood Anderson’s “Hands,” both authors present main characters that are isolated in their respective societies. In Welty’s work, Phoenix Jackson is an outsider because she removed herself form the normal life of society by living in the wildlife. Similarly, in Anderson’s work, Wing Biddlebaum, after being accused, choose to remove him from the society and avoided interaction with other people. Therefore, both characters are outsiders in their communities by choosing to live in isolation, away from other people. First of all, there are many different types of outsiders in society based on various reasons. According to dictionary.com, an outsider is “a person not belonging to a particular group, set,…show more content…
In the start of the story author mentions that “Old Phoenix said, "Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals!. . . Keep out from under these feet, little bob-whites.... Keep the big wild hogs out of my path” (Welty 1). This thing shows that Phoenix was living far away from human development. She was living in wild with no human around her and this makes her an outsider. Furthermore, the author further explains the idea by saying, “As Phoenix journeys through the forest to Natchez, her path takes her from a nonhuman natural world into a space impacted by human issues of race, gender, and class” (Claxton 74). It further puts light on the same idea that she was living in forest, in nonhuman natural world, and she was not affected by the issues like race, gender, and class, which people at that time were facing. Therefore, she is an outsider. The similarity between the two characters which makes them an outsider is that the both have only one person who is close to them. Anderson writes at one place, “Among all the people of Winesburg but one had come close to him” (1). In the whole town there was only one person “George Willard”, who had any kind of relation with Wing. Further, supporting this point Sias mention in his journal that “The contested scene occurs when Wing Biddlebaum's manner of talking to George Willard, the only person with whom he has any sort of relationship, is described:” (30). The author adding to the same idea that
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