The Setting in Curtain of Green
Place is one of the most distinctive factors in the development of Eudora Welty's writing and in her own evaluation of fiction in general. Welty considers setting to be a powerful tool for a writer of fiction. She sees setting as a way to provide roots for her characters and a realistic basis for her stories (Vande Kieft 8).
In more general terms, Welty feels that place is so inherently important to the writing and receiving of fiction as a whole because of the set of feelings that are often associated with various places and the added realism that is gained by characters who are defined by their place (9). Welty's attitudes toward her settings are also important. Raised in Mississippi, the setting for nearly all of her stories, Welty possesses an understanding of the region, built through experience, that flourishes in her writing.
Welty views setting as a vehicle through which she can provide roots for her characters (8). The union between setting and characters allows the reader to see the character in his setting, which adds to the reader's knowledge of the character without the opinion of the author. Therefore, the character is formed as a product of his setting rather than of the author's imagination.
According to Ruth Vande Kieft, the result is a character who is freer from the judgment of the reader, leading to the occurrence that Welty refers to as "testing the truth" (9). In other words, Welty's way of giving the reader the feeling that what he is reading is not the author's reality, but the world's reality, the world that Welty creates. Therefore, Welty's settings provide a realistic edge to her writing, one that draws the reader into the world of the characters, not that of the author.
In "Death of a Traveling Salesman," Welty forms a vivid picture of the lonely existence of a traveling salesman. She makes no judgment, and, conversely, the reader never searches for one. Instead, the reader is fully drawn into the world of R....