Mythological Parallels In The Golden Apples
Mythological Parallels in The Golden Apples
Eudora Welty uses techniques of allusion and the mythological method to establish parallels between Greek mythology and the characters and incidents in The Golden Apples.
The mythological method, coined by T. S. Elliot, is richer than an allusion. Using the mythological method a writer is able to replace characters in mythology with his or her own creations.
Welty?s title, The Golden Apples, was the original title of the short story ?June Recital.? However, the title itself comes from a line in Yeats?s poem ?The Song of the Wandering Aengus.?
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon
The golden apples of the sun.
In ?Shower of Gold?, King Maclain is identified as Zeus. His godlike limitations are shown; as he is a man ?who has treated his wife so shamefully as to be a person of great fascination.? (Demmin 243) Snowdie Hudson is recognized Danae, because Kings effect on her is to leave her looking as if ?a shower of something had struck her, like she?d been caught out in something bright.? (Welty 6) ?Snowdie lives in a house built for her by her
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