A summary of Point of View and the Unreliable Narrator in Eudora Welty’s Why I Live at the P.O.. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section. Why I Live at the P.O.. Welty, Eudora. Primary Category: Literature / Fiction. Genre: Short Story Primary Source. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. Why I Live at the P.O. and Other Stories has ratings and 48 reviews. Judith said: Repeating myself I love Eudora Welty’s writing, especially her h.

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Just try to take care of yourself and not talk and eat at the same time,” I says.

Why I Live at the P.O. and Other Stories

This story has sentimental value for me. It was a conscious decision I made and was fully aware of the pitfalls of assuming that the narrator was reliable. View all 4 comments. So she raises the window and says, “Oh! Which may be the point that the narrator is trying to make.

And he said on the other hand he thought Stella-Rondo had a brilliant mind and deserved credit for getting out of town. There is a sense of animosity between both characters with the narrator feeling that Stella-Rondo stole Mr Whitaker from her. She had a conniption fit right there in the kitchen.

But oh, I like it here. She reads it with an unbeatable rhythm: But this would be the day he was drinking that prescription, the Fourth of July. InWelty was awarded the Rea Euddora for the Short Story for her livs contributions to the American short story, and was also a charter member lve the Fellowship of Southern Writers, founded in She starts to take things from the house that belong to her, though they may not necessarily be of any benefit to her.


So finally Uncle Rondo said tge would try a little cold biscuits and ketchup, but that was all. Apr 18, Megan Davis rated it it was amazing.

Why I Live at the P.O. by Eudora Welty

This little story has one of those one-of-a-kind narrators Not very good for your Uncle Rondo in his precarious eelty, I must say.

In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. I did a bit of reading about Eudora Welty and she had an interesting life. The thermometer and the Hawaiian ukulele certainly were rightfully mine, and I stood on the step-ladder and got all my watermelon-rind preserves and every fruit and vegetable I’d put up, every jar. However, Stella’s sudden reappearance restores the dynamic. I just didnt like it! Later, Sister tries to fight back by saying that Shirley T is mute and mentally challenged, but lo and behold!

This story is told by Sister, whose grandfather, Papa-Daddy, has gotten her a job as postmistress of the smallest post office in Mississippi. She believed it was adopted.

Lifts up the lid and says, “H’m! One of my favorite stories!

Why I Live at the P.O.

I says, “Oh, Papa-Daddy,” I says, “I didn’t say any such of a thing, I never dreamed it was a bird’s nest, I have always been grateful though this is the next to smallest P. If anything she is taking things so that other members of her eudorw do not benefit from using them. It tickled her nearly to death, and she called him “Papa.

Now that she’s proved she is, why, I have nothing further to say. Commentary There are two dynamics in this hilarious story. Refresh and try again.

Stella-Rondo says, “Can she what? By introducing Mr Whitaker into the story the reader realises that Welty is pitting both the narrator and her sister Stella-Rondo against each other.



Of course Mama had turned both the Negroes loose; she always said no earthly power could hold one anyway on the Fourth of July, so she wouldn’t even try. Anybody else, there’d be wuy that wouldn’t go off.

Just then I heard Stella-Rondo raising the upstairs window. Papa-Daddy gave her this gorgeous Add-a-Pearl necklace when she was eight years old and she threw it away playing baseball when she was nine, with only two pearls. So as soon as she got married and moved away from home the first thing she did was separate! Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and lived a sig Eudora Alice Welty was an award-winning American author who wrote short stories and novels about the American South.

Nov 15, Anna-Maria Morgenstern rated it liked it. Whitaker probably thought was gorgeous. My family are naturally the main people in China Grove, and if they prefer to vanish from the face of the earth, for all the mail they get or the mail they write, why, I’m not going to open my mouth.

I’ll never come and relieve you of a single, solitary piece. Or just some anonymous man?

Either way I would consider a review of the story in whereby the narrator is treated as either reliable or unreliable to be valid. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Her style is marked by her perception of the Southern character, her ear for colloquial speech and her ability to endow her portraits of small-town life with a universal significance.