Livvie Essay

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"Livvie", A Celebration of life Eudora Welty’s "Livvie", is a great story on how life should be celebrated. The story is about a young woman , who marries and old man, that in a since imprisons her. The young girl gets a second chance at life when a younger man (someone her own age) enters her life and the older man is about to die. The theme Welty is trying to get across is live life to the fullest. Welty shows the theme through the character, setting, and symbols. Characters played a big role in the story. First, Solomon who is the husband of young woman. His name kind of explains what type of man he is going to be in the story. Solomon was the king of Israel and in the story Welty provides information that Solomon is playing a king type role. Welty says Solomon had a bed "like a throne" (511). "Solomon had never let Livvie go any farther than the chicken house and the well. (515). Welty shows the control Solomon has over Livvie (the young girl). Another sign of control that Welty shows in the story is, "Solomon would not have let Livvie look at them, just as he would not let her look at a field hand or a field hand look at her" (512-513). He does not realize how unappreciative he is making Livvie. Livvie, her name too has a symbol. It means "life" or "live". "She is unable to live her life Watt 2 under Solomon’s strict rule (Sample Short Story Analysis). Solomon is not letting her live her life. Therefore, she cannot appreciate the few things in life that he has given to her. Miss Baby Marie and Cash shine a little light on the story. They both kind of persuade Livvie to go out and explore life a little more. Marie does so by showing Livvie what the outer world has to offer. Example about cosmetics, Livvie gets so excited about the color of the lipstick. It must remind her of something in life. Cash’s youth attracts Livvie. The setting also plays a significant part in the story. The story is set up in a nice isolated area. It is in the spring around Easter. By Solomon staying in an isolated area which...

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