It is like a path. Phoenix’s path represents her life as an older woman with her life difficulties getting for her age. In the story, Phoenix has time to appreciate the beauty of the day and gives to herself some rest, but also she fights with her mind and her physical decadences that did not help her to finish her path. “Finally, trembling all over, she stood free, and after a moment dared to stoop for her cane. “Sun so high!"
The author chooses a name that represents something meaningful for the main charter. A Phoenix is a mythological bird that recycles its own life. When it perceives its impending death, the phoenix ignites itself into a magnificent fire. In time, it reemerges from its own ashes - reborn, renewed, and very much alive. The title of the story also symbolizes the event in the story.
While Phoenix is on her way, her dress unfortunately gets caught in a bush. This complicates what she is going through, especially since she has so much trouble with making sure that her dress does not tear. Additionally, the narrator says, “So she left that tree, and had to go through a barbed-wire fence. There she had to
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.
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
She is an interesting character because she can have characteristics that are good and bad. The two characteristics that are related to her the most was she can be delusional but yet a heroic person. Phoenix was an old lady so she could have had many medical problems we don’t know about. The most noticeable symptoms
In Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” Welty discusses the very lengths an individual is willing to go to in the name of love. The protagonist, Phoenix, an elderly black woman, takes a long and treacherous journey from the countryside to the nearest city, all in hopes of collecting medicine for her sick grandson. Welty’s characterization of Phoenix conveys a tone of perseverance; the character battles many negative forces of the wilderness throughout the story, but despite this, Phoenix’s reaction to her surroundings is one of a pleasant tone. In Welty’s “A Worn Path,” Welty uses contrasting diction and a lexicon that conveys layers of both dark and light storytelling, while Phoenix, a woman of great strength and tenacity, despite her age, defies all odds through her
With the dawn of the twentieth century came the realization that many traditional notions about civilization, culture, warfare, and even the world were entering into unknown territory. Through various sequential and cumulating events at the beginning of the era, including World War I, a new wave of thinking emerged. Characterized in literature with themes of bewilderment, uncertainty, and the apparent meaninglessness of life, Modernism reflected the devastation and insecurity left by the Great War that swept away the optimism and idealism of the past. In the short stories "In Another Country" by Ernest Hemingway, "The Corn Planting" by Sherwood Anderson, "The Far and the Near" by Thomas Wolfe and "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, these themes
The Phoenix: The Phoenix symbolizes rebirth. The Phoenix is known for rising from the ashes after being burned. In the story after the city has been destroyed, Granger compares the destruction to the bird. Both are destroyed and rise from the destruction. So if Granger and the others use their knowledge, they won’t be like the Phoenix and prevent destruction.
Something always take a hold of me on this hill, pleads I should stay” Phoenix said as she walks up the hill (pg. 161). Phoenix turn and gave a severe look behind her when she got to the top of the hill looking at where she had come. Walking down the hill, a bush caught her dress just before she got to the bottom and her
The sand represents the knowledge he seeks and the sieve represents the mind trying to seize the information that is impossible to grasp in any indefinite way. Another symbol in the novel is the story of the phoenix. Towards the end of the novel, Granger compares humans to the story of the phoenix. The story of the phoenix is about a bird that is destroyed by fire then rises from the ashes. Both, humans and the phoenix, are consumed by fire.
Falcons as a bird symbolizes prey. They are the swiftest of all bird preys. The bird can also be used to symbolize the character of Miss Brigid O’Shaughnessy and Sam Spade. This two characters are smart, they are quick to adjust to situations and cannot be caught even when they are in the act. If a reader also looks at the back story of the Maltese Falcon, it will very well prompt the reader into finding out what happened to the Maltese