The short story, “A Worn Path”, by Eudora Welty, the narrative is told from third person, limited to the main character, Phoenix’s, thoughts. The story takes place in the 1940’s, the main character being an older black woman making a journey through a forest by herself in order to reach town and get medicine for her sick grandson. Phoenix must climb steep hills, cross a wet log over a creek, and deal with the harsh treatment of the people she encounters on her way to the hospital to achieve her goal. Phoenix may be an old woman but that does not stop her from making this long and dangerous journey to get into town. The point of view Welty choses allows the reader to see Phoenix’s physical, emotional, and mental strength the reader would not have seen from first person.
Phoenix's trip. In the short story A Worn Path by Eudora Welthy, an elderly woman, Phoenix, makes a physically demanding journey to get medicine for her grandson, whom, as we find out at the end of the short story, may or may not be alive. I believe that the short story’s parallels the path through life: each individuals path through life can be physically stressful, combating things that we aren’t prepared for, but push through, much like Phoenix’s struggles through her journey. Also, much like Phoenix’s tendency to mistake objects for other things only to realize their true properties later, on the path through life people jump to conclusions, seeing a situation or person a certain way, only to change their opinion later.
In the short story, “A Worn Path”, Eudora Welty uses symbolism to tell the story of Phoenix Jackson’s determination and resilience in life. Welty’s story depicts the journey of a black woman as she walks a path she has walked numerous times in her life. During Phoenix’s trek she is faced with several experiences that could have warranted her to abandon her mission. The first experience, in my opinion, was during the first portion of her trip; to which she states, “something always take a hold of me on this hill- pleads I should stay” (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012, p. 388).
“A worn path” In “A worn path” Eudora Weltey focuses on realism. Phoenix Jackson as the protagonist of the short story. Phoenix Jackson who shares her name with the mythological bird that rises from its own ashes. The short story shows a great example and purpose of why phoenix needs to keep on living as much as she can.
In the story the worn path by Eudora Welty the character and A bird are symbolically connected. There’s an bird that has a very long life and goes on a long journey this is similar to phoenix Jackson because she’s old herself and she goes on a journey to get her grandson some medication. In Eudora Welty’s “A worn path” the character of phoenix Jackson is symbolic of the bird from mythology because they both overcome obstacles, they both live for a very long time and the both go on some kind of journey. Phoenix Jackson and the mythological bird both overcome obstacles. Phoenix Jackson overcome many obstacles throughout the story as she was on her journey walking through the path.
“A Worn Path” describes the journey of an elderly black women named Phoenix Jackson who walks from her home to the city to get medicine for her sick grandson. As she walks, she struggles against mental fatigue and poor eyesight. She mistakes a scarecrow for a ghost until she realizes it is not a ghost. She also meets a white male who seems nice, but is rude with his commits about trying to make her go back home. When he drop a nickel, she quickly realizes it was money.
1. Let 's start with Phoenix. The fact that Phoenix is a city in Arizona doesn 't have anything to do with our leading lady, but the fact that a phoenix is a mythological bird does. Phoenix the woman has many similarities to phoenix the mighty bird. There are frequent references to time and age in the story.
How do one’s love for literature and the written language get ignited? The short story of “One Writer’s Beginnings” by Eudora Welty, defines how she was compelled to become a writer through her passion for reading. The story takes place in Jackson, Mississippi when Welty was nine years old. Welty had an “insatiable” thirst for reading.
In society, oppression and societal norms dictate the rules of survival, which draw out the most prominent traits that individuals use to their advantage to survive and grow. “A Worn Path”, written by Eudora Welty, represents this dynamic food chain built on the contrasts of white and black, or young and old, that motivate Phoenix, the protagonist, to find her true motivation and reason for living. To highlight the theme of being perseverant despite the encountering the clashing struggles in society within “A Worn Path”, Eudora Welty establishes and analyzes through symbols, the character Phoenix Jackson, an old and feeble colored woman oppressed by the obstacles of race and societal norms but achieves her life’s purpose by battling and accepting the conflicts on her path, displaying her trait of perseverance. Phoenix Jackson, despite being old and worn-down, displays her willpower of bringing medicine to her grandson by constantly going back and forth to town. The reoccurring symbol of time presents itself throughout the story to highlight Phoenix’s mechanical routine of trailing on the path full of obstacles.
In the short story “A Worn Path” author Eudora Welty creates a character who seems to be suffering from hallucinations and must embark on a long and challenging journey to obtain one thing, medicine. The story takes place in late December as she goes through nature to get into town and meets some interesting people along the way. The main character is an african american who goes by the name of Phoenix Jackson and while her age is never revealed we can assume she is quite old. If I had to characterize Phoneix i would say that she is disrespected. When Phoneix arrived to the medical center she was treated rather poorly by the attendant who said “ A charity case, I suppose,” and to “ Speak up, Grandma”,”.
In “A Worn Path”, enduring is the word that best describes Phoenix because she undergoes issues with her mind, an arduous journey, and a racist man. First of all, Phoenix perseveres through all of the mental problems that she has. The narrator says, “She did not dare to close her eyes, and when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marble-cake on it she spoke to him. " That would be acceptable," she said.