In the story “A Worn Path,” by Eudora Welty, Phoenix Jackson’s characterization, symbolism/imagery, and conflict are shown while she is on a journey to get some medicine for her grandson. First of all, Welty represents characterization through Phoenix Jackson’s bravery and determination. The story states that, “She was very old and small and she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows”’ (275). As a very old woman it is not safe for Phoenix Jackson to be walking by herself in the dark woods rather should be at home. However this shows how brave Phoenix is going all this way when it is dark and going to go get medicine.
As she travels her journey on the Natchez Trace she preservers trough every kind of obstacle she faces. She faces challenges both physically with the trip emotionally with the abuse from the white hunter. She is also facing the fact that her grandson is at home sick. While facing all of these obstacles and challenges her personality shows that she would do it all again in a heartbeat in order to help care for the ones she loves. In this humble situation she still carries pride in the fact that she is able to acquire medicine for her beloved grandson.
The rest cure is the treatment of disease by rest and isolation in a good hygienic environment. During the early nineteenth century, women were thought, by many men, to only be able to clean the house, take care of the kids, and have babies. When a woman became depressed, she was thought to need the rest cure and after she would be better, but as we see in “ A Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman this is not necessarily true. Depression treated by isolation can further deteriorate the mind causing the lost of mental faculties. The effects of isolation on both the narrator and the author both shows how the rest cure inadequately treats patients with postpartum depression (PPD).
People need authentic human interaction to be truly happy. This claim is supported by the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the film, Pleasantville directed by Gary Ross, and the article, Why Loneliness Is Bad for Your Health by Nancy Shute. In Fahrenheit 451, people need authentic human interaction to be truly happy. This is supported with Montag and Mildred’s relationship and how Mildred says the parlor walls are “really fun” (18), but she still tried to commit suicide. Montag and Mildred have been married for years, but Montag still feels as if he doesn’t know the woman he’s married to.
Eudora Welty 's "A Worn Path," the story of an elderly lady, Phoenix Jackson, setting out to the city to get medicine for her sick grandson. In any case, what is most vital in the story is the profound and enthusiastic quality of Phoenix Jackson and how this determination empowers her to proceed with her adventure. Phoenix Jackson is the main character in Welty 's "A Worn Path." Throughout the story, Phoenix Jackson ventures to every part of the way consistently defeating whatever deterrents she experiences as she endeavors along the way in the commitment for her grandson 's wellbeing. The author conveys a theme of perseverance, uses Phoenix name as a metaphor, which eventually enables Phoenix to finish her objective.
Literary Analysis on “A Worn Path” The short story “A Worn Path,” written by Eudora Welty, depicts the journey of an elderly black woman named Phoenix Jackson who walks from her home to the city of Natchez in need of medicine for her sick grandson. Phoenix experiences many obstacles that do not interrupt her trip, but rather make her a stronger woman for overcoming them. In A Worn Path, Welty illustrates her journey through several key symbols: the name Phoenix, the path, and the windmill. Phoenix shares a name with a creature which reflects her indefatigable nature, her constant striving towards her goal, as well as her unflagging optimism and high spirits (Goodman). The Phoenix is a mythological creature that lives for five centuries
A Worn Path In Eudora Welty's short story "A Worn Path" the character Phoenix Jackson is an “elderly woman “who shows great courage to travel through the woods to get medicine for her grandson. Jackson’s grandson unintentionally swallowed lye some years ago which burned his throat, and he needs the medicine to heal him. During her journey, Jackson encounters several obstacles that she face that remind me of my grandmother who would do anything to help us. The character journey shows her strength to overcome many physical obstacle by presents of courage, strength, and love. Phoenix’s courage underlined by her encounters with the young hunter and the clinic employees.
Prompt #3: “A story that takes place in a wild and natural setting might include characters struggling against nature to survive.” Working Thesis: Phoenix Jackson, an elderly African-American woman on a journey through rural areas faces human and non-human obstacles whilst traveling to a town and ultimately why she made the long travel for her sick grandson’s medicine shows true compassionate love. Welty, E. (1941). A Worn Path. A Curtain of Green and Other Stories by Eudora Welty. Reprinted by Russell & Volkening for the author.
Beyond the Walk to Natchez A historical great piece of literary art, “A Worn Path” published in 1941, is a story of an old woman’s journey to town through the forest. The setting is rural Mississippi in the 1940’s, a time when racism was a way of life and a trip to town, especially for an old black woman, was often a long journey and thus a trip not often taken. The old woman’s name is Phoenix Jackson and she has quite an adventurous trip through the forest to town. One is made to believe this is just an average walk down the path for this old woman; however the reader is entertained by Phoenix’s mannerisms and realizes there is deeper meaning of the story. This story, though short in length, host an abundance of symbolism, racial issues
The short story, A Worn Path written by Eudora Welty, focuses and enhances the idea of perseverance through one’s race and age. Eudora Welty uses these topics in most of her pieces but this story in particular expresses it honorably. A Worn Path takes place far out in the country during the middle of the winter. An old African American woman, Phoenix Jackson, has to take on a long journey into the town to get special medication for her grandson. Throughout the journey, Phoenix encounters many obstacles that she has to overcome to help her grandchild.