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Running Head: A Compare and Contrast1A Compare and Contrast of "The Welcome Table" by Alice WalkerAnd "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"by Dylan ThomasBy Jerrod KeuneENG 125 Introduction to LiteratureInstructor: Alice Martin12/3/14Literature restores the past, stimulates the imagination, glorifies the commonplace, evokes emotions and links feeling to thinking, upholds a vision of the ideal, and reveals human nature by
Running Head: A Compare and Contrast2exploring significant human questions. Two of the most realistic facets of human nature are deathand impermanence. These two items are present in almost every major literary work of modern time. Even though there are differences in the styles of the works between poetry and a short story the themes can often be the same. The following two works, the short story "The Welcome Table" by Alice Walker and the poem "Do not go into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas both display death and impermanence using similar Content, Form, and Style.“The Welcome Table” by Alice Walker describes an elderly colored woman who has lived ahard life filled with racial hatred due to living and working in an upper class white society until she is driven to her premature death during the story. During the story, the author refers to the oldladies impending death many times. One example of connecting with the reader through words is the ability to stir the senses of smell and create a visual picture in the brain, so as to trigger a response from the reader. Under the old woman's arms they placed their hard fists (which afterward smelled of decay and musk—the fermenting scent of onion skins and rotting greens) (Walker,1944). Another trigger for the reader to emotionally connect to the story is when she sees Jesus for the first time. The old woman stood at the top of the steps looking about in bewilderment. She had been singing in her head. They had interrupted her. Promptly she began to sing again, though this time a sad song. Suddenly, however, she looked down the long gray highway and saw something interesting and delightful coming. She started to grin, toothlessly, with short giggles of joy, jumping about and slapping her hands on her knees. Soon it became apparent why she was so happy. For coming down the highway at a firm though, leisurely pace was Jesus. He was wearing an immaculate white, long dress trimmed in gold around the neck and
Running Head: A Compare and Contrast3hem, and a red, a bright red, cape. Over his left arm, he carried a brilliant blue blanket. He was wearing sandals and a beard and he had long brown hair parted on the right side (Walker, 1944).