Landscape is an important aspect of writing. Through this technique, the author can express symbolism using the character's surroundings. From the external landscape of a character, the internal landscape develops. There is a strong connection between the external and internal landscape of a character. In "A Memory" by Eudora Welty, the author uses external and internal landscape from her childhood memories to recreate a child hood fictional world.
Through the small frames of her fingers, Eudora Welty begins her story looking at the landscape surrounding her. She beings by noticing the sun and how beautiful it is. This observation occurs when Eudora is not complaining about people or her surroundings, and the sun represents a peaceful time in her internally. With every observation of a person, she is obsessed with the concealment and the secrets that are within a person. This external landscape secretly comes from the inside, where she hides her thoughts.
In her childhood, Eudora Welty hid the love she had for a boy in her school. Internally, she was obsessed with the slightest touch of the boy. The author did not show this feeling on the outside, and he never knew her love for him. Possibly this emotion was not even love, but instead a longing for attention from the boy. Although she never got attention physically or emotionally from the boy, her thoughts about him gave her a meaning in life. This love, or whatever it was, that Eudora Welty once had is something she is trying to find in each person that she judges. She imagined a horrible external landscape for this boy. For example, she thought about his house catching on fire, or his parents becoming crippled. These thoughts indicated that internally she knew that boy was not perfect, and that she would never know everything about him or receive the boy's attention as she had wished.
As Welty wonders with her thoughts, she brings bathers into her story. She describes them... Continue Reading