The Lost Art Or Secluded Tradition? Essay

1835 Words Sep 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Southern Story Telling – The Lost Art or Secluded Tradition? “For most of human history, 'literature, ' both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world” (Angela Carter). My Grandmother Fowler epitomized the characterization of an ordinary Southern, hardworking, farm woman. She was thin, brown from the sun even though she always wore long sleeves outside, and always dresses as her religion dictated. Her hair was steel grey, and would have reached her waist if she hadn’t made the weekly trip to Ms. Rose Tully’s Beauty Parlor to have her hair washed and pulled up into a lacquered bun. Grandmother was a devout Baptist, reading her Bible nightly with a slight whisper as she mouthed the words from the King James. A widowed mother, who raised her own children with the rod and a sharp voice, but loved her grandchildren unconditionally and was prone to spoil them. She had no conflicts between her deeply held religious convictions and her cultural superstitions. She believed in the love and sovereignty of God, but believed the killing of a frog would make the cow go dry. She prayed nightly, but would visibly recoil at an umbrella that was opened indoors because of the bad luck that would surely follow. She would go out into the fall cornfields, selecting…

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