Over time, our perceptions of freedom change. Escaping a cotton field may have been considered freedom in the nineteenth century, yet it could not be done without endurance. While our perceptions of freedom change, it’s likely that our ideas about how people obtain freedom do not change much. In “A Worn Path,” Eudora Welty describes a woman’s journey along a path to freedom, and she describes the obstacles that the woman encounters along the way. That woman, Phoenix Jackson, is able to overcome these obstacles despite her old age. In “A Worn Path,” Welty uses symbolism, setting, and characterization to reveal that the humans are capable of endurance when faced with obstacles such as death or small bushes. “A Worn Path” includes many examples of symbolism, and each of them help to further the theme of endurance. Although a time period is not given, the …show more content…
The excerpt begins by stating, “It was December—a bright frozen day in the early morning.” This shows that Phoenix’s journey is not an easy one; it’s cold outside and early in the morning. Phoenix continues on the path up a hill. While she is walking along the path, she thinks, “There is chains about my feet, time I get this far.” These chains immediately portray thoughts of slavery, which would cause one to think of endurance. While walking up the path, Phoenix has had to overcome obstacles while it seems like death is in the form of chains around her feet. Even so, she continues onward to freedom. The scene continues while Phoenix passes trees and birds and animals, and suddenly she is crawling through a barbed-wire fence. The change in scenery indicates how Phoenix might be somewhat confused, especially because she is old. It also indicates how Phoenix’s journey was not one of peacefulness, rather, it was one of survival. Phoenix’s endurance on the journey is portrayed by this change, which helps to reveal the
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During the Civil Rights movement, civil rights activists used many nonviolent methods to protest the existence of inequality. One method, as paradoxical as it may be considering King’s apparent aversion of hate and strain, was the creation of tension. In Martin Luther King Junior’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” he wrote about his views on constructive tension and its role in forcing confrontation. Based on the given unjust situations, combined with the peaceful, nonviolent nature of the tension, King’s method is clearly agreeable.
As Helen Keller once quoted, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken tells the life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Through his troubles as a child, emerged a strong-willed Olympic runner, who later became a military aviator. He was lost at sea and then captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war. He endured years of abuse and suffering but still managed to stay true to who he was.
Acceptance and Freedom: The Duvitches To ponder the biggest freedom movement of the century, it is probable that one would think of Martin Luther King Jr’s fight in the civil rights movement; the theme is often limited to freedom but, what King was fighting for simultaneously was acceptance of black Americans. While the Duvitches’ freedom in The Strangers Who Came to Town was not lead by a civil rights movement, it followed the same concept. They required the acceptance of the townspeople to achieve their freedom. Each member of the family fought their own battles; Mrs. Duvitch and her appearance, Mr. Duvitch and his untouchable status and the torment the Duvitch children faced at school. Mrs. Duvitch rarely showed her face, causing her to be the subject of the townswomen gossip.
Phoenix says, “I going to the store and buy my child a little windmill they sells, made out of paper” (Welty). Windmills have no beginning or end points on them, like Phoenix’s continuous journey. She goes into town to retrieve her grandson’s medicine, returns home, then sets off again when the time is needed. No matter the conditions, Phoneix keeps on going, just like a windmill. The windmill equips nature into energy, and represents the hope that her grandson may use his innate skills to push on and extend the worn path further.
Three time Olympic World champion in track and field, Gail Devers once said, “Sometimes we fall, sometimes we stumble, but we can’t stay down. We can’t allow life to beat us down. Everything happens for a reason, and it builds character in us, and it tells us what we are about and how strong we really are when we didn’t think we could be that strong.” In Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, a book about Louis Zamperini’s bravery helped him to survive his bomber crashing into the Pacific spending forty-seven days adrift at sea only to be captured and sent to a POW camp. All of Louie’s emotional story is captivated in Hillenbrand’s memorable story. As a child and young adult, Louis first started out as a thief, but unlike the average
This could be suggesting that she still has been taking this trip over and over again because it was her normal thing to do or that she may not remember after leaving why she goes and she forgets her grandson is dead. Towards the end of the story Phoenix Jackson is responding to questions asked by the doctors: “We is the only two left in the world. He suffer and it don’t to put him back at all. He got a
Some references even suggest Phoenix may have once been a slave; such as the chains the old woman feels on her feet as she climbs the path uphill. Racial inequality is unmistakably clear when the old woman falls in the ditch and is confronted by the white hunter. One would believe the hunter calling Phoenix Granny to be a harmless reference to her age; however, Granny is a term coined by southern whites in the thirties and forties and refers to a single elderly black woman: a granny is an old black woman who takes care of the white
Before disappearing during an attempt to circumnavigate the world, Amelia Earhart once declared that “[the] most difficult thing [to do] is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Although most people would not claim this amidst preparation for a 29,000-mile-long flight, the principle Earhart states carries over to nearly all matters in life—including freeing oneself of confinement. Again, in this situation most people would agree with Earhart’s opinion about the difficulty surrounding the ‘decision to act’—except authors Kate Chopin and John Updike. In their eyes, deciding to act is easy enough; the acting itself is what brings about the most difficulty. Although Updike and Chopin both expose the necessity of breaking free from
The third character who interacts with phoenix is the attendant. The attendant’s reacts with Phoenix in a way that is sweet when Phoenix is leaving. When Welty writes “’Could I give you a few pennies out of my purse’” this shows you that the attendant was nice (16).
In the short story Welty’s want the reader to be comfortable with Phoenix as a character. Welty describes Phoenix wearing a long dress reaching her shoe top and a long apron of bleached sugar sacks. When Phoenix talks aloud to herself the author wants the reader to imagine an old woman with characteristics of a warm, comical, young spirited woman side of her. The short story also uses images which evoke from the biblical imagery. Phoenix’s uses biblical connection to show the reader how important her story and the
Albert D. Saba Mr. Amoroso AP Literature Period: 3AP Topic: 1 LAP The Awakening A novel by Kate Chopin Will the chains and the unspoken pain unshackle through one’s heroic individualism? In the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier becomes a heroic figure to herself as well as for women through the search of her self-identity.
She exemplifies Christ along her journey when she stops under a mistletoe tree; the same type of tree in which the cross was made. The thorns she encounters also relate to Christ’s death on the cross, the crown of thorns he wears on his head. The journey she takes to get her grandson’s medicine, is considered to be an example of self-sacrifice. Phoenix gives others the opportunity to help her and accomplish good things. One example is when the hunter helps her out of the ditch.
The Help (2011) directed by Tate Taylor, is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about Southern women in the 1960s. It's the story of the help: the black maids of Jackson, Mississippi, and the relationship with their white employers. The central theme of the film is courage, and how the characters embrace courage to overcome obstacles and fight for social justice. Whether it is their ability to deviate from in-group norms, or overcome fear, courage is essential throughout the characters' journeys. In this essay, I will analyse the situations endured by the characters, and how they respond to these situations with courage.