In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty we have the theme of struggle, sacrifice, determination, perseverance, selflessness and love. We are left wondering about the reason for her journey right till the end, and that makes it all the more moving. He sets his own dog off to attack the black dog, and he points his gun directly at Phoenix, which he thinks is really funny. When she answers that she is headed into town, he makes a racist comment about what he assumes to know about black people. The unlaced dirty shoes also shows her poverty as it represents her needing a new pair of clean laced shoes to wear along her journey. The unusual name of that character with its distinct reference to a specific mythological creature keys the reader to approach that simple walk as if it something more profound. Mistletoe It possibly symbolizes the immortality of the phoenix bird.
Phoenix Jackson loves her grandson so much that she endures a painful walk to town in order to get the medicine that he needs. The fact that Phoenix intends to buy a paper windmill for her grandson may also be important as symbolically Welty may be using the windmill and its circular motion to symbolise the circle of life and that Phoenix by giving her grandson the windmill will live on through him. A lady came along in the crowd, carrying an armful of red, green, and silver-wrapped presents; she gave off perfume like the red roses in hot summer, and Phoenix stopped her. Phoenix Jackson is the protagonist of the story who is an African- American woman, old and probably disabled. Eudora Alice Welty was an award-winning American author who wrote short stories and novels about the American South.
It may also be significant that Phoenix has a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at herself as this would suggest that Phoenix is a well-balanced person. It talks about how the Phoenix is a bird that always rises up again. There was a fixed and ceremonial stiffness over her body. Phoenix rose carefully and held out her hand. Old Phoenix did not speak. At last she came to the end, to a wagon track where the silver grass blew between the red ruts.
It could have been a man dancing in the field. Narrative Elements The theme is the central meaning of the narrative, or what the story is about. Write a short essay 1. Therefore, Welty had to find a way both to take the reader inside the mind of a person significantly less educated than herself while not limiting her own ability to write about that person in a way reflective of that intelligence. One of these animals, a black dog, bowls her over, leaving her lying in a ditch for a while until a hunter, a young white man with a dog of his own chained by his side, stops to help her up.
Several years ago, he swallowed lye. Lye causes severe chemical burns and corrosion, eating right through the esophagus. Does this mean the nurse at the clinic was African-American? Welty herself has said it is a story about how a writer. Nothing deters her on her way to get what she needs for her Grandson. As she does, she is surprised by the sight of a small boy appearing before her holding a plate on which was the offer a piece of cake. For instance, the hunter calls her 'granny' and also refers to her as 'you old colored people'. The student will express, communicate, evaluate, or exchange ideas effectively.
She remembers, forgets, suffers and sins. Taken from her A Curtain of Green and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Welty may be using the setting of the story to explore the theme of struggle. He going to find it hard to believe there such a thing in the world. And yet, it is all but impossible for any but the most inexperienced of English-language readers to identify that story as not being told in the first person. There are many hidden things in the story that I was not even aware of. She talks to herself, to imagined and real persons and animals she meet. At this Phoenix comes back to herself and explains that she hard forgotten why she had made her trip.
Since she cannot read, she needs to rely on her memory. An old woman named Phoenix Jackson makes a journey that, from the title alone, we sense is one she has made many times before. He a big black dog. Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods. The author says that with what she is wearing she appears to be bird-like. Overhead the live oaks met, and it was as dark as a cave.
Her name is symbolic of the real phoenix bird, which also flies great distances to heal people with its tears. Her name was Phoenix Jackson. What do they symbolize about Phoenix and her journey? Then it is through a swampy area and a long stretch of road on which she encounters a threatening black dog. The town is alive with the spirit of Christmas. Once on the other side, she makes her way through a cornfield complete with buzzards and a scarecrow. Many of the slaves imported to the cotton belt were marched down the Natchez Trace from the eastern plantations.