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Why I Live At The P.o.

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China Grove In Eudora Welty 's story, ?Why do I Live At The P.O.", the main character directs the focus of the reader through her own point of view. The story is set in a small Mississippi town, sometime after World War II. The time and the place have a significant effect upon the language used. This helps to create an overall mood that is dominated by Southern prejudices, interpersonal ignorance and simplicity; for example, Sister says ?Nigger girl? (1031) words that now demonstrate racism but at that time it was acceptable.

The first-person point of view is crucial to the theme of Welty?s story. Sister is self-centered and melodramatic. Sister 's descriptions are exaggerated, and because of this we tend to view her accounts of events
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? I want the world to know I?m happy? (1036). Her world is her family and the population of China Grove in which her family lives. Sister family is the main population of the town. She cannot be happy away from her family. If she wants anyone to hear her monologue, she will have to return home.

Eudora Welty has been careful to show us that the narrator is not the only self-centered, melodramatic member of this family, so is Stella-Rondo. Stella- Rondo has gained everyone?s
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