Lessons Learned in Eudora Welty's “The Little Store”
Eudora Welty in her short story “The Little Store,” is attempting to portray the simplicity and innocence of her youth prior to her realization that there was a world beyond her own. Welty foreshadows her realization and loss of innocence even before her transition to an adult.
Welty reveals her childhood innocence in her description of her trips to the little store. As a child, innocence can be shown by believing everything. Along with being gullible they lack understanding. An example of Welty’s naivety is shown where she passes by her principal’s house and all she can think about is how she would make her spell “oblige, the word that she of course knew had kept me from making 100 on my spelling exam” (Welty 79). Welty lacks the understanding of sickness but takes matters into her hands to make her own ideas. Welty and one of her friends named Lindsey were both sick with the flu, so she writes a poem. Welty being naïve, figures that one of them is going to die from the virus because of how concerned each others parents are for the other child. Her poem states, “There was a little boy and his name was Lindsey. He went to heaven with the influinzy” (80). Inside the store all Welty can see is the candy. The most important idea she thinks about is how much candy she can get with the extra nickel. In everything that Welty does, she only thinks about herself.
The transition of Welty from an innocent child is foreshadowed by her reflection comments. In the middle of telling a story about people she remembers as a child, Welty says how much they mean to her now. Eudora realizes now that everyday life as a child does not mean so much at the time but it stands for a lot later. She says, “Setting out in this world, a child feels so indelible. He only comes to find out later that it’s all the others along his way who are making themselves indelible to him” (80). Welty intimates at how innocent and unaware she is as a child by not noticing everyday details. She describes the top of the little...