Katherine Anne Porter My First Speech Analysis

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I.INTRODUCTION

Katherine Anne Porter was an American writer who was born in 1890 and died in 1980. She was one of the the America’s most distinguished writers. She generally chose dark themes such as dark themes such as betrayal, death and the origin of human evil. She began her literary career with publishing short stories and essays. ‘’Maria Concepcion’’ was her first published story in The Century Magazin in 1922. She published her bestselling novel Ship of Fools in 1964. Her literary achivement peaked with The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (1964), which received the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Her short stories make her fame permanent.

Katherine Anne Porter was a political activist and these were written about her political and personal ideas:

For Porter, the political and the personal are not only intricately connected, but pinpointing where one ends and the other begins is difficult. In her stories, personal actions often have political ramifications and vice-versa, as in "Flowering Judas," where the heroine's distrust of other people contradicts her socialist political ideals and , . . . Porter's writing
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Many of her works contained individual incidents that affected her throughout her life. But she says in ‘’My First Speech’’ that ‘’I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction’’(433). She usually used irony and symbolism in her works. Porter’s stories includes major symbols but she says that she does not use the consciously. Porter’s characters are made up of memories in her works, it means that she used her memories to establish her characters.In an interview Porter said, "We spend our lives making sense of the memories of our past." In the same interview Porter said, "I do not believe in style. The style is you." So we understand that she did not follow any rules while writing. she just wrote

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