Phoenix shows her attitude change as treks out of the pines over the hill and continuing to follow the path leading her to the doctor's office. Welty uses this hunter as a representation of how whites treated blacks. Some is mixed, black and white together to make a new mixture, which cannot be separated again into black and white. Full A Worn Path is a short story about an old woman who travels far, on foot, only to get some medicine for his grandson. The reason why I chose this story is because the message it holds.
On a cold December day she repeats the same journey again. She is determined to go down that path despite anything that might come between her and getting the medicine for her grandson, Phoenix Jackson is the symbol of perseverance, stamina, and life in the face of hardship and death. She is inspiring and holds such a strong influence on how determined Americans are. This essay will argue although A Worn Path is a work of fiction, the issues raised in it are pressing realities in contemporary American life. Cultures are set in a way that even if changes occur, they keep the fundamental value of the previous culture and add a touch of new beliefs from a new era. Phoenix Jackson's feeble mind and body was no obstacle to the insurmountable devotion she felt toward her grandson. Symbolism -Marble cake — It is a cake which has white and black and it is a symbol of unfulfilled promise of equality.
In photography, she claims that there is a function of deliberate double exposure and in congruence to literature there are repetitions or reiterations that function in a similar fashion Baym, 2324 which the short story mentioned earlier reflects. Here you will also find the best quotations, synonyms and word definitions to make your research essay well-formatted and your essay highly evaluated. During her journey Phoenix is visited several times by dreams, once by a little boy offering her a piece of marble cake, again wanting help getting up out if the ditch. People in the story seem to have a reverence for the Phoenix which is shown when a white woman stops to help her tie her shoe which would be highly unlikely in the south at the time. Symbolism may be hard to decode at times.
Most of the symbols or shapes are used in a mathematics class squares, triangles, and circles. How does she know that nobody knows who made the well? GradeSaver, 29 October 2016 Web. A friendly and kind nurse, who knew Phoenix, came to her assistance, and after inquiring about her grandson, gave the pain medicine that was promised to Phoenix. Vande Kieft 70 2 I believe the conflicts were put in the story to show us the inner feeling of Phoenix. Phoenix Jackson is a very frail African American woman whose eyes are blue of age; her skin is stained with patterns of countless wrinkles telling of her hardworking years, her face is worn and tired but illuminated a golden ray of light. Download file to see next pages Read More. The author names the woman Phoenix after a mythological bird that died and then came back to life through its ashes which makes it immortal.
She reaches her destination after travelling through the dangerous forest. I will take to demo the advantages and disadvantages of both motions, taking into history two people, that where critical to its development. And it changed his life for the good. As old people do, she talks to herself along the way even to the animals and to some of the plants she comes upon. In this building the golden sign, which hangs in the golden case acts much like a trigger to Phoenix much like the stream did.
Therefore, although a fairly good short story, it is not a timeless piece of literature. The introduction of the detail about her invalid grandson at the end of the story creates power as well as respect for the poor, old woman. We know that she is old because she is on a quest that she briefly forgets the purpose of, by the time she gets there. In Greek mythology the phoenix is the symbol for idealism and hope. Again, individually, these actions may not count for much, but collectively they represent the commencement of yet another struggle that lies ahead for Phoenix and—by extension—blacks living in America.
The paper should be organized around your thesis argument , which is the main point of the entire essay. She knows this trail very well and walks with confidence, persistently taping the ground with her cane, possible not even looking at where it is her feet are landing. Welty has said that she was inspired to write the story after seeing an old African-American woman walking alone across the southern landscape. It is the determination of Phoenix that provides her with the strength to carry on with her journey in spite of being faced by numerous obstacles in her path. The very fact that he stands in direct contrast to the protagonist of the story relative to his tender age versus her advanced seniority indicates that he is symbolic of the future. The dog that Phoenix meets up with shortly after is also a black dog, however the owner is a young white man.
Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! At points she'll be scared at little things, but when something serious comes around, she is completely calm. Such is the hardship of not just one individual, but an entire culture. While Phoenix is undertaking her long journey, the scenery that surrounds her is full of symbolism, symbolism that gives us insight into Phoenix's character, the hardships that are associated with her old age, and the poverty that surrounds her. Finally the attendant played nice and offered some pennies out of her own change purse, which gave Phoenix ten cents. Phoenix is very determined to complete her journey, though many obstacles exist. She is wise enough to understand that the thorns were doing their duty and it was her duty to make her way through the thorns.