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The Golden Apples Essay

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In Eudora Welty’s novel, The Golden Apples, the author presents a combination of short stories to give the readers an insight into the intricacies of human relationships. In doing so, in “June Recital,” Welty utilizes the separation technique, once again, to give multiple perspectives depending on the different time periods and characters. Moreover, by implementing the textual structure and significance of the MacLain house from the “Shower of Gold,” the two stories, although separate, have a strong bond and share similar significance to one another. As a result, with dense and detailed descriptions and vernacular languages, Welty succeeds in providing the reader with a three-dimensional analysis of the events which occur in the “June Recital.” The separation of the story into four sections and the utilization of line-breaks within each section contribute to the whole story such that it provides different perspective and the combination which leads to ultimate understanding.
In “Shower of Gold,” a preceding story of “June Recital” in The Golden Apples, the narrator provides the background of Snowdie and King MacLain, and the incidents behind the MacLain house in Morgana, Mississippi. The house has gloomy background, as Snowdie MacLain has been left alone by King MacLain. Snowdie, therefore, was the talk of the town. As a result, the house has been the background for sorrow and loneliness in the past. Furthermore, the house was devoid of love and departures and arrivals were common. All of the above features and past histories of the MacLain house was passed on to Ms. Eckhart when she rented the house for her living and piano lessoning purposes. It is significant to recognize how although the two stories are separate in terms of major characters, the basis for the setting, the MacLain house, remains constant. Furthermore, within “June Recital,” Welty provides numerous line breaks which provide a break for the readers from the densely packed details and the vernacular language. Combining these elements of combination and separation, Welty introduces the sense of community, prejudice, and tension within the daily social interactions with an amalgam of two heterogeneous perspectives.
In the first out of four sections of “June Recital,” Loch Morrison, little brother of Cassie Morrison, leads the narrative. Despite the lack of past knowledge that Cassie possesses and the limited grounds in which Loch is able to travel around, Loch provides second-hand visual experience through his senses. He first mentions how the “Next door was the vacant house,” which signifies the MacLain house (20). One can also seek the insignificance and the abandonment of the house as Loch says that “His family would all be glad if it burned down” (20). Loch is confined in a room; however, “It was his father’s telescope” that enabled him “to look through it” (21). The senses which Loch acquires the portrayal of the events that occur in the MacLain house are therefore “With...

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