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Eudora Welty's "A Piece of News"
Transcript of Eudora Welty's "A Piece of News"
Eudora Welty 1909-2001
Welty grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and is known for placing her short stories in the South.
In the canon for Southern Women Writers and American authors.
Eudora Welty never married because "it never came up." However, many of her stories deal with the idea of marriage in which one mate feels isolated and how the marriage deals with the issues in regard to themselves and others.
"A Piece of News"
Thesis: One of the major themes of this short story is attention. Marriages require time and attention to keep both spouses happy and satisfied with their lives and each other. Ruby Fisher longs to be desired by her husband.
Ruby Fisher has been shot!
Ruby Fisher is bored with her life, so when her name comes up in the paper that a woman with her same name has been shot by her husband, she begins to fantasize that she really has been shot and that her husband has done the horrible deed. In Ruby doing this, she is dealing with the isolation she feels living with little to no contact with the outside world and the inner isolation she feels from her husband. Clyde, her husband, does not give her the time and attention that she so desires. He makes her out as a foolish woman and does not take her too seriously.
"She lay silently for a moment, composing her face into a look which would be
. Clyde would
to buy her a dress to bury her in. He would
to nail her up a pine coffin and lay her inside. Then he would
to carry her to the grave, lay her down and cover her up. All the time he would be wild, shouting, and all distracted, to think he could
never touch her
one more time," (Welty 14-15).
When her husband finds out about the paper: "My name is Ruby Fisher!" "Fool me, huh? " Ruby is so craving attention that she acts almost childlike when he declares it isn't her. (Welty 16).
Its another Ruby Fisher!
Welty, Eudora. The Collected Stories of Eudora
Welty. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. 12-16. Print
Ruby is very enamored at the thought of being dead and Clyde having to take care of her. If she is dead then he has to buy her a dress and bury her. He has to mourn for her because he will miss having a wife to touch and I'm sure cook, clean, and the other numerous things she does for him. If she were to be gone then he would gravely miss her.
Foolish Wife: Foolish Husband
At the end of this short story, after Ruby has shown Clyde the newspaper, he sees what she has believed as foolish, which readers see as well. However, since she takes it so seriously, it should be seen as a cry for help. Clyde brushes it off , just as he usually does with his wife. Ruby just wants some attention. She wants her husband to make her the center of his world.
Wetly has shown what Ruby truly desires, which is attention from her husband. She wants him to care for her thoughts, her actions, and their future. Marriage is a very important part of anyone's life who posses it whether they appreciate it or not.