The Worn Path The Worn Path is a story about a journey of a poor and old black grandma who just wants to arrive to town. In the story “The Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, the symbolism of Phoenix’s trip are perseverance and sacrifice that she had in her path to town, and also it represents her life with her constants difficulties visualized with the lone dog, the scarecrow, and the hunter. The perseverance that Phoenix has in order to save her grandson is admirable.
In the last paragraph, he touches on how the assembly line provided him with real-world perspective – this could inspire other students into going outside their comfort zones or perhaps taking a closer look at the world around them. However, the challenges he might experience with this goal might arise from the very trait he’s trying to warn against, indifference. Many people simply do not care, and while they understand that blue-collar work is hard, they do not need to understand it any further, nor do they believe that such an experience will bring them anything “useful” in the long run. This mentality could be traced to the stigma of blue-collar work in general, but whatever the reason, if the essay inspires only one person, that’s better than no one at
Those who had already been working through the Great Depression, though, had arrived with some of the necessary skills already in the process of developing. During the Great Depression, it was not uncommon for people to be homeless, without food, and separate from their families. For these men on the rowing team, they had to push through these difficulties, along with passing classes grades, making enough to pay for college, and achieving physical strength to row. However, most people did not possess this hope and determination naturally.
In the second passage the narrator talks about how she admires the people who go out and do the jobs no one else wants to do. One example of this shared theme is this quote from “To Be of Use,” ‘I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the field and harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who are
The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” was written by the author Joyce Carol Oates in 1966. Oates describes her idea for the story after briefly reading an article about the real-life murderer, Charles Schmid, who lured and murdered three teenage girls (Kirszner & Mandell 523). She uses this idea to create the character, Arnold Friend, and his victim, Connie. Connie is a typical teenage girl portrayed as naïve and self-centered. The short story appears realistic, given that the conflict in the story is based off of real events. Oates unexpectedly adds allusions to fairy tales throughout the story that suggest a much deeper meaning than the initial realistic interpretation. The use of fairy tales adds a vitally important element to the story that evil can be lurking in unexpected places.
English essay The story Walking The Boundaries written by Jackie French starts as Martin, a young boy going to his grandfathers house. Martin comes to walk the boundaries of the farm that has been in his family for generations. It sounds easy especially because he’ll own the land when he gets back. Along martins journey he meets two characters from past generations, Meg and Wulamudulla.
Karen Hesse stated that, “the way I see it, hard times aren’t only about money, or drought, or dust. Hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up.” But she is wrong about Billie Jo who holds onto her sense of self as well as optimism and admirations. Many farmers in this time left and never returned, as they gave up on their hopes, but Billie Jo did return after running away as she realized that she still had hope.. Readers can learn from Billie Jo, that you can recover, and rebuild after difficult
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).
All the Wrong Places I’m sure we’ve all heard about young and beautiful attention seeking girls who eventually end up in sticky situations. There are times where they may not ever get out of the situation but, if they do, they attempt to change their ways. In Joyce Carol Oates’ short story “ Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” , a character named Connie fits right in that category. Connie is very vain and loves attention. Connie’s attention seeking ways lands her in a predicament that she rather not be in.
The short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates is about a teenage girl named Connie who is in the mist of her adolescent rebellion. She wants to prove her maturity to others and herself. In the story, Oates describes that Connie always lets her mind flow freely in between her daydream. She even creates and keeps dreaming about her ideal male figure in her mind to make her happy and satisfied. Oates allows the reader to step into Connie’s “dream world” through the appearance of Arnold Friend. Throughout the story, there are many instances: the illogical time and settings, the similarity between Arnold and Connie and the unrealistic events show that the meeting between Connie and Arnold Friend is a dream. The dream is also a preparation for Connie before she steps onto the stage of being an adult.
In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” there are many theories as to who Arnold Friend is and what his role. The story does not introduce Arnold till the middle and end of the story when Arnold Friend and Ellie Oscar, his friend, decides to pull up to Connie’s house trying to be gentle, but threatening at the same time. The tone sets the mood of the story, the way he talks is suave, so he doesn’t scare her as much but you could sense a little of annoyance in his voice when she refuses. He asks her to come ride with him, but then starts to threaten her family so she would get out the house and be with him. Many would argue he portrays Satan or Connie’s karma for her misbehavior. Throughout the story, there are references that relates to the bible that relates to the title. Arnold’s friend, Ellie plays the quiet, menacing creep who seems like he is trying to help Connie when he offers to let her
The author depicts how there was once a day where you enjoyed the company of others, but now you have taught yourself to self-love. Reminiscing in the literature Schulman seems to be doing by saying “Hopper never painted this, but her on a snaky path his vision lingers”. Obviously depicting at one point in life there was a person whose name was Hopper that was of close contact. As the poem goes on Schulman is describing the place that is being visited now with talking about the dunes are at to the three dry gas pumps worn by the elements. In the end, looking back at the place of reminiscing and thinking of all the good memories having had there in a past time.
Syra Aponte Professor French ENC II 22 October 2015 Women’s Desire for the Perfect Man Looks are not all of what women want because that is only skin deep. For women, they look for certain traits that make up the perfect apple to their eyes. There are many qualities that women would want in a man that would make a perfect male romantic partner. There are four qualities that are most desired which are also shown through the perspective of the child in Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz”; through the prospective of the abused wife in Jo Carson’s “I Cannot Remember All the Times”; and through the prospective of the child in Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”. The male figure’s traits, which women want in a man, are portrayed though quotes
Working is one of the many tasks that most adults have to endure. As for Phil, work was not just a task, but was a life commitment that took valuable time away. Ellen Goodman describes her stance of this issue in the piece, “The Company Man,” by employing repetition of important phrases and by showcasing the irony of Paul’s life. This conveys a sense of sympathy for Paul and his family and disapproval of his actions, who let his work consume his life, leading to his death. To begin, the use of repetition allowed Ellen Goodman to show her critical attitude and pity towards Phil.
In The Harvest Gypsies, Steinbeck also describes decreasing morale in the displaced farmers as he says “the dullness shows in the faces…and in addition there is a sullenness that makes them taciturn.” The difficulty of finding adequate work to support a family during the Dust Bowl was extremely high—and as the work was competitive, these farmers implicated the work ethic that began at the beginning of the 20th