Prejudice and God
Instructor: Richard Schnoll
26 August 2013
The theme in literature is more complex than any elements of fiction. It is based on the idea of what the story is centered around. The theme of a story tells you what the story is about. It guides you through the vision of what the narrator is speaking from.
The theme from a short story that I would like to describe is Alice Walker’s “The Welcome Table”. The theme talks about an elderly woman who walks into a church, half a mile from her home. While seated in the church, many of the members attending the service begin to become uncomfortable with the presence of the elderly woman. The story then goes on to talk about how after the woman was put out of the church she was visited by Jesus, who she begin to talk with while walking further down the road. The story described the woman’s body frame as angular and lean and her style of dress as a long rusty dress adorned with an old corsage.
The setting of the story is during the time of racism and unfair treatment of blacks. There was not a date or timeline to tell for certain when the story actually took place, but the tone of the story gave the hint of the era of slavery and racial unrest. The writer use a term in literature known as local color, which consists of unique images, realistic dialogue and true-to-life descriptions as how she fully portrayed the elderly woman.
The point of view of the story is told from a third-person omniscient point of view. The narrator effectively related the thoughts and feelings of the characters in a way that made me deeply visualize what was being said.
The literary elements affected the narrative theme by deeply describing in detail the character, setting, and symbolism of the story. The precise word play triggered my interest and was so intense that it held my attention. The plot of the story was dynamic as I read each sentence. The structure was strong,...