The Welcome Table by Alice Walker

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The Welcome Table by Alice Walker
Melissa English
Instructor Abby Forster
January 14, 2013

The Welcome Table

The Welcome Table is a short story written by Alice Walker. It is written in third person point of view. “The omniscient technique is used in this story and is particularly effective in allowing the reader to understand the old woman’s predicament and how she, and others, dealt with it” (Clugston, 2010). In this essay, I will explain the meaning of this story as well as the realities to racism and hate. The story begins by describing the elderly African-American woman. She was dressed in her Sunday church clothes that was old and falling apart. She had an old corsage pinned to her dress. The shoes she wore
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But, being that they saw no one other than her, they thought she had lost her mind. What they did not see was that Jesus was leading one of his soldiers home and she was talking to him. This story is a perfect example of racism and hate. It shows how many white people treated African-Americans. It is shocking to me that one human-being can treat another human-being with so much dislike and hatred. We are all God’s creatures and we should treat everyone with love as Jesus would.

Clugston, Wayne R. (2010). Journey into Literature. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Walker, A. (2003). THE WELCOME TABLE. Literary Cavalcade,
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