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While many scholars and critics have evaluated Eudora Welty’s stories through a feminist lens, including comparisons of plant imagery to female genitalia or characteristics, I intend to argue that Welty’s plant imagery in The Golden Apples transcends gender and instead represents what Michael Kreyling describes as a “call to growth, a summons to fulfillment” for the legitimate and illegitimate children, both male and female, of the story’s mysterious legendary figure, King MacLain. (Kreyling, Achievement 79).


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  • Subject
    • English

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 3101

  • Event date
    • 25 March 2016

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Mary Carney