Differences In The Optimist's Daughter By Eudora Welty

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Contrast is to compare in order to show unlike news or differences. Whether two people have different morals, opinions, manners, or ways of life the outcome from the differences can vary. People 's relationships could either become weaker or stronger due to differences. There are no two people that are completely alike, there will always be little things that will not make them similar. Differences can either separate or unite people, it all depends on each person’s personality. I was raised to be kind and respectful to everyone I meet. Some people were taught differently. My mom always tells me to “ Take the high road,” or “kill them with kindness.” Always being polite even when people are annoying or disrespectful, …show more content…
The Optimist’s Daughter a novel by Eudora Welty perfectly displays how different manners and values tear a family apart. Two of the main characters Laurel and Fay tolerate each other in the beginning of the book. Fay is a very young woman who married Laurel’s father, Judge McKelva. Judge McKelva was recovering from eye surgery and the three of them stayed in the hospital room for weeks. Due to complications, Laurel’s father passed and both Laurel and Fay made the wake and funeral plans. This is where the conflict begins. At the wake the difference between how Laurel’s friends acted and how Fay’s family acted is very clear. Fay’s family, the Chisom’s were so rude during the wake, they were loud and did not care about paying their respects. Fay was throwing this whole theatrical event of her throwing herself on the casket crying. While Laurel’s friends were consoling her and helping her while Fay was putting on a show and socializing with her obnoxious family. When Laurel tried to ask for respect she received nothing but impolite responses. Mrs. Chisom is especially rude to Laurel, “So you ain’t got father, mother, brother, sister, husband, chick nor child. Not a soul to call on, that’s you,” (Welty 69). During this sad time Mrs. Chisom could have been comforting but decided to be rude. The Chisom’s could all have been comforting towards both Fay and Laurel but it was …show more content…
She discovered that maybe her and the young man were physically different but maybe they had similar personalities. As she thought to herself she became aware of the other situations that could occur which led her to worry less and just remain calm. Even though she had her initial opinion, she was able to change it on her own. In some instances people can have contrasting opinions but when these opinions are discussed someone could change their mind. As I mentioned earlier, this happens very often in a courtroom. As an example, A popular law show that recently ended aired an episode that supports my thinking. In episode 17 of Season 7, two lawyers Diane and Cary were defending their client that put up a billboard accusing a gun store of killing his daughter. The store was fighting for the man to remove the billboard because it was hurting their business. The judge on the case was Judge Charles Abernathy and he was known to have a strong opinion against guns. Diane and Cary figured this would be a valuable asset for their argument. After many hours of courtroom time, Judge Abernathy ruled that the billboard was hurting the gun store 's business. The man had to pay a fine of 10 cents per day everyday the billboard remained up. Now this punishment was not at all life changing but the whole case proved that the judge was able to agree with the owners of the gunstore

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