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Influences of Author’s Life

Just like people are influenced by the environment around them and their personality is shaped by their unique individual experiences, the authors’ writings are also influenced by their past experiences and backgrounds. Among factors that have a big impact on literal compositions of authors are their race, gender, and their social as well as economic status. The influences of the author’s background are evident in both “Seventeen Syllables” by Hisaye Yamamoto and “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor. In both texts, it is evident that authors have incorporated some of their lifestyles in their writing.

In “Revelation,” it is evident that O’Connor writing is greatly influenced by her background. Her Southern upbringing, for instance, stands out clearly throughout the story. She was raised at a time when people from the South were highly prejudiced against individuals of other races and during a period in which social classes were the most common way to categorize people. From the story, it is evident that O’Connor got the images she needed from her characters. The author uses both racial and physical terms to identify her characters. Moreover, her main characters such as Mrs. Turpin seem prejudiced given that the statement they make involve racial jargons such as “nigger” and “white-trash’. These attributes provide a hint about the author’s southern lifestyle.

On the other hand, Hisaye Yamamoto, a Japanese that lived in America, is influenced and motivated by her background to write the short story titled “Seventeen Syllables” in which she explores the challenges as well as the experiences of Japanese immigrants living in America. The influence of the author’ s background is evident through the choice of literal devices. Yamamoto uses haiku, a Japanese poem that has seventeen syllables, as the metaphor in her narrative technique. Yamamoto employs haiku to represent traditional Japanese culture. However, it is evident that the author creatively uses haiku to portray the cultural and linguistic gap between two generations of Japanese living in America by the exploring the relationship between Rosie and her mother, and the failure of the former to appreciate the later’s haiku.Influences of Author’s Life



Work Cited

Showalter, Elaine, ed. The Vintage Book of American Women Writers. Vintage, 2011.