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.
The book The Great Gatsby written by Scott Fitzgerald is a fascinating tale of isolation and friendship. There’s a proverb that says “loneliness breaks the spirit” (unknown). This proverb really connects to the story about how social interaction is something that the human soul needs. In the book Gatsby's isolation eventually lead to his demise. Everyone that lived in west egg and in east egg new of a gentleman called Gatsby but no one really knew who he was.
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.
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 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.
“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.
In society, oppression and societal norms dictate the rules of survival, which draw out the most prominent traits that individuals use to their advantage to survive and grow. “A Worn Path”, written by Eudora Welty, represents this dynamic food chain built on the contrasts of white and black, or young and old, that motivate Phoenix, the protagonist, to find her true motivation and reason for living. To highlight the theme of being perseverant despite the encountering the clashing struggles in society within “A Worn Path”, Eudora Welty establishes and analyzes through symbols, the character Phoenix Jackson, an old and feeble colored woman oppressed by the obstacles of race and societal norms but achieves her life’s purpose by battling and accepting the conflicts on her path, displaying her trait of perseverance. Phoenix Jackson, despite being old and worn-down, displays her willpower of bringing medicine to her grandson by constantly going back and forth to town. The reoccurring symbol of time presents itself throughout the story to highlight Phoenix’s mechanical routine of trailing on the path full of obstacles.
In the short story, “A Worn Path,” Eudora Welty introduces an elderly, African American, woman named Phoenix Jackson, whom for two or three years has made a long quest to town to get medicine for her ill grandson. Initially, Phoenix must overcome many obstacles to reach climax of her journey. Eudora Welty uses these obstacles to demonstrate the theme of her story, which is that Phoenix’s ambition/hope was the leading role in her preserving. The first obstacle that displays Phoenix’s determination to succeed, was when she came to a hill during her quest to town.
In “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, many hero qualities are displayed by the main character, Phoenix Jackson. She is a strong-willed and brave old lady who is going from her home out in the country to the city to get her grandson medicine her needs. Even though she does not physically look like a typical hero, her emotions are at the same level as any superhero. Phoenix may seem as though she doesn’t have everything together a lot of the time, but she gets the job done. She also falls under the category of hero due to the many qualities she portrays.
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.
The Great Gatsby: In Love or Obsessed? “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”