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Realization in Weltys A Piece of News Rubys death fantasy reflects the conflict between her wants needs and life in this Eudora Welty story We first meet Ruby while she is coming in from a storm with a package of coffee wrapped in newspaper from a man from Tennessee We find out later that she has a habit of hitchhiking and picking up men from Tennessee Welty writes When Clyde would make her blue she would go out onto the road some car would slow down and if it had a Tennessee license the lucky kind the chances were that she would spend the afternoon in the shed of the empty gin 14 When Ruby comes in out of the rain both she and the package are soaking wet After drying herself off a little by the fire she spreads the wet newspaper on the floor and lies down Soon she looks at the newspaper and reads her name Mrs Ruby Fisher had the misfortune to be shot in the leg by her husband this week 13 Immediately Ruby connects her husband Clyde to the crime and she shouts out to him in the storm However she slowly realizes that it was unlike Clyde to take up a gun and shoot her 14 Nonetheless she fantasizes about her funeral in a daydream and when Clyde finally arrives home she shows him the excerpt from the newspaper Clyde vehemently denies the charges but for a moment is taken by Rubys assertion In the end Clyde proves to Ruby that the story cannot be about them because the newspaper is from Tennessee and the storm rolls away to faintness like a wagon crossing a bridge 16 Throughout the narrative Rubys comings and goings are intimately connected to the storm outside Specifically the storm mirrors Rubys innermost thoughts and implies the cyclical nature of Rubys experiences Although Ruby is portrayed as odd or crazy
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