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Eudora Welty in A Worn Path and Alice Walker in Everyday Use write about believable well-developed characters but Ms Walker has the advantage of an insiders viewpoint since she is a black author writing about a black woman Ms Walker can tell a story through her own eyes culturally and it helps the reader feel a bit closer to the characters Phoenix the central character in Weltys A Worn Path is described from the third person The details in this story are wonderful and the reader learns so much from them Phoenix whose skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles is old Her long apron of bleached sugar sacks gives the clue that she is probably poor because she made her apron from sacking material The reader understands Phoenix from the external like what she looks like where she went and what she did Alice Walkers story Everyday Use is written in the first person Mama the central character describes the setting I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon Others are seen through Mamas eyes This is more personal than the third person of Eudora Weltys story Alice Walkers character Mama lets the reader know many facts and observations and as a result it is easier to get under their skin and identify with them In Eudora Weltys A Worn Path the primary way of knowing what Phoenix was thinking is the way she talks to herself Now comes the trial Phoenix says as she faces the creek in her walk I wasnt as old as I thought she says to herself after getting across In contrast Mama of Alice Walkers Everyday Use just tells the reader what she thinks I used to think she hated Maggie too gives an idea of her thoughts Mamas conversation is with others instead of the one-sided speech of Phoenix The interaction of
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