According to the story “I in the thorn bush”, finally she stood free and after the moment dared to stoop for her cane”. That just shows how determined she is because most people would never walk as far as she did to get that medicine. Most people would just turn around once they encounter a hard situation. Just like the author intended “Worn Path” to be an allegory, and she's used the path that Phoenix takes to be a metaphor of “life is a journey, just like in life you see the path that is easy, and one that is hard”. Phoenix takes the harder path every day because if not her grandson might “die” which shows her determination by not taking the easy way out of things are choosing the “hard path to
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.
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.
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
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
Welty’s short story “A Worn Path” has been subjected to many diverse, interpretive responses over the years. For example, the short story is rich with a variety of different symbols, imagery, and ideas. Nonetheless, despite the variety of analytical responses, the fundamental theme of “love conquers all” is still present. The main character Phoenix is able to make a heroic sacrifice by enduring a long and tiresome journey to the city. Her main motivation is the love she has for her grandson because she must travel to purchase the medication he needs to overcome his illness.
Laurie Anderson’s historical fiction book, Fever 1793, takes place in Philadelphia during the 1700s. This book mentions about a girl and her family living during the Yellow Fever epidemic. Throughout the story Mattie loses and gains family members while they are trying to protect her. Mattie goes through one of the worst epidemics in the history of Philadelphia, and her family tries to take care of her during it. Anderson uses description and imagery in the story to portray the theme, family is always trying to protect each other.
The famous civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Set in rural India at the dawning of a new age, Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a sieve tells the story of young woman Rukmani and her life with her husband Nathan, a tenant farmer whom she marries as a child bride. Throughout the book, Rukmani and her family face countless hardships and sufferings; however, she manages to keep hope and persistently battle for a better future. Markandaya thoroughly displays hope by using character Rukmani through her infertility experience, deaths of her sons, and unexpected encounter with Puli. First, the author portrays the theme of hope when Rukmani fails to bear many kids despite her continuous effort. At the beginning of her marriage, she bears a beautiful, fair daughter, Irawaddy; but for the next seven years, she faces the barrenness that is devastating in a society that depends upon the sons for their ability to work and care for their families.
Eudora Welty’s A Worn Path: Conveying the Theme of Sacrificial Love How much does a grandmother love her grandson? It is difficult to show more love than Phoenix Jackson did in Eudora Welty’s short story A Worn Path. Jackson is an old and poor grandmother whose senses are beginning to fail her, but she goes through seemingly unbearable trials in order to get to town and pick up her grandson’s medicine that will keep him alive. In this heartwarming story, Welty uses symbolism and various conflicts to create the theme of sacrificial love. In A Worn Path, Welty uses symbolism to illustrate her theme by giving the protagonist the name Phoenix.
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). After crossing the thorny path and over a log on the creek, Phoenix sets down to rest and imagines a boy bringing her a piece of marble cake.
She realized she had been labeled as an abolitionist, and her life was in danger, but she was determined to help her people. She overlooked her safety to help someone in need. “Harriet established the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged on a property adjacent to her own. After undergoing brain surgery to try to alleviate the symptoms from the head injury that had plagued her since childhood, and being essentially penniless, Harriet was forced to move into the home herself in 1911. She died there on March 10, 1913, supported by family and friends”.
She would not accept that her son might be a hopeless case no matter what the doctors told her. “ Mother decided there and then that she would take matters into her own hands.” ( Brown 2). Chris’s mother stopped taking him to doctors and began to help her son alone with only her wits and her hopes to guide her. Chris’s mother is brave women as she as shown as throughout the story. She will never give up hope in anyone of her children.
We want people to think that we are fine and doing well. However, that is rarely the case, many people do struggle, yet they hide it. For Liza Long to come out and write an article about how poorly her son treats her is brave. However, the reason she caught my emotions was not because of that, but because she admitted, “I need help.” The article is about gun safety, however, that topic is not brought up until nearly the end. Liza Long looked to share her personal story and highlight children with mental illness.