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There is a silent shadow which seems to mirror a gaunt dark figure who prowlsthe busy airports silent streets and even the cozy homes There is no escaping this manthe destroyer No walls are thick enough to shut him out no mountain high enough toevade his wrath He is death he is predetermined he is unpredictableto some he issimply fascinating The wish to live the inability to believe in ones own menacing deaththe universal human faith in ones own immunity to death- all these are factors whichcontribute to the sweeping popularity of Jack London and Eudora Weltys work Peopleare intrigued by death because it can not be explained Yet London and Welty havecomforted these fears and intrigues by allowing them to enter the twisted mind of a crazedmurderer These authors provide them with the answers they lack and furnish them withthe ability to fathom the unfathomable They confront the horrors of death and emphasizethe reality of its looming presence Consequently satisfying the fascination their readerscrave Jack London and Eudora Welty have planted a seed of fear in the hearts of manypeople through their vivid description of death however their motives techniques andlifestyles have allowed them to create a diversity of approaches to portraying bloodshedEudora Welty and Jack London come from very different walks of life Welty wasborn on April 13 1909 in a small town in Jackson Mississippi Her community andchildhood experiences greatly influenced her style of writing as an adult The love andsupport from her parents and her close knit community growing up inspired her life longcuriosity of people and acute attention to detail The emphasis placed on education andreading early in life enriched her life as she grew older and influenced her decision tobecome a writer Growing up she recalls memories of being read to which grew into apassion for the written word at an early age Influenced and supported by her parentsWelty attended the Mississippi State College for Women in 1925
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