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Petrified Man by Eudora Welty One of Eudora Weltys criticisms is that she occasionally possibly misrepresents the culture and influence of the south Do you think that is the case in The Petrified Man When I think of the south I think of southern hospitality I picture people always talking to each other whether its just small talk or gossip which is the case in The Petrified Man The dialogue itself appears to be pretty accurate from what I can imagine anyway since Ive never been down south The south definitely has a certain way of talking and Eudora Welty does a great job showing us not just telling us this dialect From the very first sentence of the story you know where you are and the type of people involved in the story Reach in my purse and git me a cigarette without no powder in it if you kin Mrs Fletcher honey I dont like no perfumed cigarettes As for the events themselves they appear to be reasonably honest If you allow yourself to just listen to the story as its being told instead of trying to analyze its validity it is fiction after all you will believe youre sitting in Leotas beauty parlor with Mrs Fletcher and Leota talking about anything or anybody It doesnt matter exactly what youre talking about as long as it takes the attention away from your own lives if just for an hour or two Although some people might be offended at the gesture that all the women in the south sit around and just talk about everyone else I think its accurate Not just in the south and not just with women For some reason people find comfort in talking about other peoples lives and forgetting about theirs for a little while How do the major characters react to the story that Leota is telling Do they change or learn
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