The following paragraphs provide a summary and brief analysis of the story, and also a character analysis of the various people that we come across in it. Themes Some of the themes dealt with, in the story are love, racial bias, and determination. Her courage and devotion to her grandson showed that she was willing to go the extra mile to make sure that her grandson was okay. The dangerous road, the dark jungles, the constant danger of being attacked by wild animals, putting her life in peril, she faced it all and reached her destination. Most of the symbols or shapes are used in a mathematics class squares, triangles, and circles. Before entering the building she stops to ask a woman carrying Christmas presents to tie her shoes.
While still maintaining the narrative logic of allowing for figurative language beyond the capacity Phoenix, the reader is also allowed to see things through her eyes throughout her entire journey in a way that is almost as if it were a first-person narration. Though rejected it later returns as a imitated nationwide. Phoenix Jackson was certainly a dedicated old lady. If I was forced to deal with these obstacles I know that I would most likely have turned around but her will power was too strong to let Mother Nature win. She tries to reach up and, finding no one, just waits.
In The Critical Response to Eudora Welty's Fiction, ed. The verb choice here personifies the bush; more than making it human, it also indicates intent. Her role in society is an old black woman in a white world, though she is not ashamed of her inferior position. Since she cannot read, she needs to rely on her memory. Her devotion to her grandson and wanting to provide him with a better lifestyle, was her motivation to overcome these trials. Seeing a buzzard, she asks it aloud what it is watching, and is glad that God made it so that snakes and other dangerous creatures are not out at this time of year.
This name could not be more suitable this character, Phoenix has a profound strength and dignity about her that empowers her to rise above the adversities she faced; from racism, to poverty in order to take care of her grandson. It is the only plant that remains evergreen in the harsh winter. His love for her is what keeps him going, so if he has to read the same story every day until the day he dies, he is completely fine with that. The phoenix has a life span of 500-1000 years before it reincarnates making it eternal. When its lifespan ends it sets itself into flames and rises again from the ashes. Walking with a cane, she stumbles along her path because she does not see very well. Yet Phoenix is immediately, and once again, accosted by a condescending figure of white authority.
The setting within the forest becomes the primary antagonist, creating hurdles and obstacles for Phoenix to overcome. A Phoenix is a mythological creature who dies in fire and rises from ashes only to be stronger. His disbelief that she would walk as far as he can demeans her based on her age. They exchange brief words, and he thinks she is going into town to see Santa Claus. Determination Phoenix's love for her grandchild gave her the strength and determination to carry on despite facing so many hurdles and risking her own life. Conquering each hindrance and diversion in her… so many blacks still had to endure harsh cruelties because of their skin color.
She is alone except for the forest animals that she hears and sees and occasionally talks to. Her striped dress creates an image of her wearing a black and white prison uniform. A Worn Path is a book set in 1940s' America, where black Americans were still treated differently from white Americans. Once on the other side, she finally takes just a moment to rest. During their conversation, he loses a nickel from his pocket and she takes it and slips it into her apron pocket. The gradual movement in the story stresses the woman's perseverance and incredible effort towards an intent she sees fit for such a journey.
Phoenix Jackson was certainly a dedicated old lady. Every move she makes seems to be a slow, gradual move towards her goal. I have abstracted this from the details of the characters and actions throughout the story. When she is resting, a little boy approaches her with a piece of cake, but when she reaches for it, there's no one there, a sign that she is perhaps hallucinating. Old age is not always the end of the road, but the journey it takes to get to that age is worth living for.
At this Phoenix comes back to herself and explains that she hard forgotten why she had made her trip. Phoenix Jackson seems no stranger to charity. That desire is to endow a real life event which could not be more mundane—a walk by an old woman to see a doctor—with far more mythic properties. As she made her long journey to the town… Phoenix Jackson is as worn down as the path she travels. As she reached for it, the cake vanished. The writer does not provide any information about the kind of person Phoenix is, except for her physical appearance.
The nurse calls her Aunt Phoenix. Even when she arrives into town, she needs another ladies assistance in tying her shoes, because she cannot do it herself. She needs to make the long trek into town to get medicine for her grandson. The Naturalism motion has a really of import function in Drama. She makes these trips just as regular as clockwork. It shows her indomitable spirit, and the fact that she would do anything for the child. This theme is shown in a couple of images.