Also, she walks the long worn path everyday just for medicine for her dead grandson that died from lye poisoning, according to the nurses at the end of the story, they say “she makes these trips on the regular”, “she lives way back off Old Natchez Trace” which probably means that she walks an exceedingly long time just for “medicine” that their is no use for. Furthermore, another reason why Phoenix Jackson is delusional is because
The short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, shows characteristics of realism, such as, common setting, believable characters, and conflicts between people. The story tells the journey of an elderly African-American woman named Phoenix who walks “a worn path” many miles from her home to a medical clinic located in Natchez, Mississippi to pick up medicine for her ill grandson. She faces many obstacles including discrimination and assault on the way, but overcomes them in order to aid his suffering. This selfless journey highlights how love within a family can be stronger than any other love. Natchez is a real city located on the Mississippi river with a population of 15,792.
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. I believe that
The Worn Path, by Eudora Welty is (a/ another) example of a modernistic narrative during the modern era. The short story shows the life of an old women named Phoenix, who goes on a long journey to town to get medicine for her sick grandchild. This story shows great meaninglessness of life because Phoenix is a very old lady who has to take care of her grandchild, when someone should be taking care of her. In turn the story shows much uncertainty and bewilderment because Phoenix forgets why she made her journey to town leaving much questions to whether or not her grandchild is actually alive.
In the short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, Phoenix Jackson is an elderly African-American woman who plans to go on a very difficult journey. This journey is not only arduous for Phoenix physically, but mentally also. Through the journey she succumbs to challenges such as crawling on the forrest floor despite her old age, and often loses focus from the purpose of her journey. The setting of the story creates a strenuous path for Phoenix to travel, and also enhances the mental strain Phoenix experiences on a daily basis. From the beginning of the story, the description of the setting alludes to a somber mood, “It was December—a bright frozen day in the early morning.
Blurred Reality In “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, the main protagonist, Phoenix Jackson, experiences a series of obstacles along her journey to get a needed medication for her grandson, being held back by delusions, and the restrictions of nature. The author uses an abundance of symbolism to create an emblematic explanation for the occurrences experienced by Phoenix on her trek to town. While on her way to town, she experiences hallucinations and rough paths, causing her to be temporarily set back. Her past, which is hinted as the past of a slave, creates a safety harness of delusions causing a division between two realities: One that is average and realistic, and the other that is imaginary and almost childlike. In her average reality, Phoenix is an elder lady who can not bend down to tie her shoes and shoelaces ,”...which dragged from her unlaced shoes.” Phoenix hints in this story of her slavery when the hunter ,“lifted his gun and pointed it at Phoenix.” and she just stands
The paths of a grandmother and her granddaughter soon collide when experience and naivety meet on a dirt road in the south. “How Far She Went” illustrates how generational struggles and tragedies can mold people influencing their lives and the way they live. Hood lays the foundation for the story and the generational gap from the opening line of the short story. They had Quarreled all morning, squalled all summer: how tight the girl’s cut- off jeans were, the “Every Inch a Woman” T-shirt, her choice of music… her practiced inattention, her sullen look. (Hood 410) The grandmother struggled with the girl and her free spirit as if the grandmother had been apart of this story before expecting a different result; she hoped for “The surprise gift of a smile” (Hood 411).
The short story "Detached Belongings" is written by Dilruba Z. Ara. It is about a woman’s struggle and search for her identity after she moves to Sweden and is forced to be hospitalized when she is pregnant due to a rare disease that ultimately ends in her losing her child. Even though the woman is cared for by the Swedish medical staff and her husband, she still feels alone and longs for her home country. I am going to explore and explain why I think the main character’s encounters throughout the story is primarily negative. The first encounter is when the protagonist meets the Swedish male doctor.
In Eudora Welty’s short story, “A Worn Path,” she illustrates the trials and tribulations a Christian will face on life 's journey to heaven. She tells a story of an old African American woman traveling across town to get medicine for her grandson that was very sick. Her grandson swallows lye, which is a pun in itself on the word lie and how even as Christians there are still times of struggle. Phoenix Jackson the main character in the short story is a little old woman that is symbolized as a Christian that struggles on her path. The timing of the story has a significance in the Christian community.
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. When she starts to get dry and tired because of the long trip, she hallucinated things, but it did not stop her to continuo walking and finally she find the Mississippi river. “In a ravine she went where a spring was silently flowing through a hollow log.
The first essay I chose to read was called I Am in Dementia Prison with My Mom, Janet had no prior knowledge or understanding as to why her mother’s health, mind, and thought process was deteriorating. She couldn’t come to terms with her mom being mental sick and when she did she had help and support from her entire family. The second was titled Transferring Mom was New, But Restlessness and Inactivity Kindled her Agitation. Against her and he husband better judgment she took her mom to the store. I believe she did this because she did not want to tell her mom no, as a caregiver, especially to a loved one sometime following your intuition and saying no can be difficult being I may feel like you are taking away their rights as a person.