There are different styles employed in writing literally works. These styles go a long way in making the piece interesting. Over time, literally writers have perfected their art, which makes the writing even more interesting to read. The essay below looks at some of the styles used in literally writing.
‘The Welcome Table’ as written by Walker (1970) is a narration about the last day in the life of an old colored woman. The interesting thing about the story is the manner in which it employs different styles to bring out the message. The article is a clear illustration that the style employed in writing carries the message across. Below is an analysis asserting this view.
First of all, there is the aspect of irony. Walker (1970) indicates that the woman had gone to church on an early morning. Surprisingly, nobody in the church could accommodate her or be close to her. Even the clergy man at the church wanted her out of the church. Eventually, she was thrown out by the strong men in the church after they were prompted by their wives to do so. This is very ironic given that everyone should be accepted in the house of God. The irony brings out the hypocrisy of the people.
It is also ironic that when the people in the church threw her out, Jesus came and collected her. The other worshippers in the church did not know what was going on. It is ironic that they were in church and did not even know when the Lord came calling. It is also ironic that the one who seemed unfit and unwelcome was visited by Jesus himself.
The mastery of description also makes the story very interesting. Walker (1970) has a unique way of coining words such that they describe the situation very clearly. She describes the old woman in such a vivid manner that the reader already gets a mental image of her. she also narrates of the plight of the old woman at the church in a manner that makes the reader become sympathetic of her while developing a loathing for the members of the church for the way that they treated her. The contrast makes the reader realize that the people in the church were hypocrites. It is no wonder they could say or do nothing when they realized that the woman had died; their guilt consumed them inwardly.
When looking at literally works, the style used is a main focus of the analysis. It helps to bring out the message in a vivid manner. Using this analytical skill, the message that Walker (1970) intended to bring out is clearly illustrated. She intended to bring out the vices in the society, majoring on discrimination. She observes that the old woman was a colored woman. When she went to the church, the whites in the church could not withstand her presence and had to send her away. This indicates how bad the discrimination was, such that it had infiltrated into the church where everyone was supposed to be accommodating to everyone. If the discrimination had spread to the church, then the general society was wallowing in it.
She also used the irony to indicate that men are not just and should not be judged by their appearance but by their motives. The people in the church thought they were just. They looked at the old woman with contempt, seeing her as a misfit. What they did not understand was that the reverse was true. To God, they were unjust but she was justified. It is no wonder that he ended her suffering and came for her.
Walker, A. (1970). The Welcome Table. (Attached)