Realism In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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“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. The author uses certain elements of fiction throughout the short story which are: setting, symbol, and allusion.
The author’s use of setting also contributes to the theme. “In the paved city it was Christmas time, there were red and green electric lights strung and crisscrossed everywhere and all turned on in the daytime”. (par.62). the setting was on a bright frozen day in the early morning. On one example the author described the setting through pieces of clues which it turns out to be on a day of giving out to others “Christmas”. “I going to the store and buy my child a little windmill they sell, made out of paper. He going to find it hard to believe there such a thing in the world”.
The author use of symbol also contributes to the theme. Symbolism is used often in the short story to show what phoenix is going through. “her fingers were busy and intent, but her skirts were full and long, so that before she could pull them free in one place they were caught in another”.
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The author uses certain elements of fiction throughout the short story which are: setting, symbol and allusion. Setting was the time and place, the short story took place on a frozen December morning, phoenix has to walk long miles and endure hardship and obstacles to bring back medicine for the little boy. Symbolism is shown because it shows what phoenix has gone through all her life, specially that she is a black woman, but that does not make her quit on her determinations. Allusion is the main example of how phoenix and the mythical bird assimilate Phoenix Jackson is always alive and wants to live long for only one
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