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.
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.
In the short story, “A Worn Path”, Eudora Welty uses symbolism to tell the story of Phoenix Jackson’s determination and resilience in life. Welty’s story depicts the journey of a black woman as she walks a path she has walked numerous times in her life. During Phoenix’s trek she is faced with several experiences that could have warranted her to abandon her mission. The first experience, in my opinion, was during the first portion of her trip; to which she states, “something always take a hold of me on this hill- pleads I should stay” (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012, p. 388).
In the work, “A Worn Path, “Welty has developed a short story that uses characterization, symbolism, imagery, and conflict in a hero’s journey. Phoenix says “Thorn bushes and barbed-wire fences, log bridges and hills are major barriers for her.” (Welty, Edora 2/5) As Phoenix pursues this heroic challenge she acknowledges the temptation and fear built in her crossing a deep forest in the health condition she is found in. Welty gives the character the willingness having an ambition to conquer her journey. Upon many other Phoenix Jackson was well aware of what she was approaching making her build fear.
1. Let 's start with Phoenix. The fact that Phoenix is a city in Arizona doesn 't have anything to do with our leading lady, but the fact that a phoenix is a mythological bird does. Phoenix the woman has many similarities to phoenix the mighty bird. There are frequent references to time and age in the story.
The short story, “A Worn Path”, by Eudora Welty, the narrative is told from third person, limited to the main character, Phoenix’s, thoughts. The story takes place in the 1940’s, the main character being an older black woman making a journey through a forest by herself in order to reach town and get medicine for her sick grandson. Phoenix must climb steep hills, cross a wet log over a creek, and deal with the harsh treatment of the people she encounters on her way to the hospital to achieve her goal. Phoenix may be an old woman but that does not stop her from making this long and dangerous journey to get into town. The point of view Welty choses allows the reader to see Phoenix’s physical, emotional, and mental strength the reader would not have seen from first person.
In the story the worn path by Eudora Welty the character and A bird are symbolically connected. There’s an bird that has a very long life and goes on a long journey this is similar to phoenix Jackson because she’s old herself and she goes on a journey to get her grandson some medication. In Eudora Welty’s “A worn path” the character of phoenix Jackson is symbolic of the bird from mythology because they both overcome obstacles, they both live for a very long time and the both go on some kind of journey. Phoenix Jackson and the mythological bird both overcome obstacles. Phoenix Jackson overcome many obstacles throughout the story as she was on her journey walking through the path.
“A Worn Path” describes the journey of an elderly black women named Phoenix Jackson who walks from her home to the city to get medicine for her sick grandson. As she walks, she struggles against mental fatigue and poor eyesight. She mistakes a scarecrow for a ghost until she realizes it is not a ghost. She also meets a white male who seems nice, but is rude with his commits about trying to make her go back home. When he drop a nickel, she quickly realizes it was money.
“A worn path” In “A worn path” Eudora Weltey focuses on realism. Phoenix Jackson as the protagonist of the short story. Phoenix Jackson who shares her name with the mythological bird that rises from its own ashes. The short story shows a great example and purpose of why phoenix needs to keep on living as much as she can.
Overcoming obstacles In the short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty the protagonist Phoenix must overcome many different types of obstacles in order to obtain the medicine that is needed for her grandson. She must overcome physical, emotional, and mental obstacles on her long journey into town. These obstacles all hindered her progress, but in the end she was able to prevail due to her perseverance and determination. On her journey into town Phoenix must overcome many physical obstacles.