Welty said that her interest in the relationships between individuals and their communities stems from her natural abilities as an observer.  Perhaps the best examples can be found within the short stories in A Curtain of Green . "Why I Live at the ." comically illustrates the conflict between Sister and her immediate community, her family. This particular story uses lack of proper communication to highlight the underlying theme of the paradox of human connection. Another example is Miss Eckhart of The Golden Apples, who is considered an outsider in her town. Welty shows that this piano teacher’s independent lifestyle allows her to follow her passions, but also highlights Miss Eckhart's longing to start a family and to be seen by the community as someone who belongs in Morgana.  Her stories are often characterized by the struggle to retain identity while keeping community relationships.
Historically, because of the amount of leisure time and education required to write extensive works like novels, most novelists have come from communities with large economic or cultural capital , such as the upper classes or college educated middle class. However, some groups of novelists made their reputation as being from the working classes, and thus are treated as representing that portion of the population. For example, the writers identified as the " Angry young men " of the 1950s in British literary circles, included a number of novelists, such as Alan Sillitoe and Kingsley Amis , whose background, identity as authors, and literary subject matter focused on the working classes and had foundations in working class culture .