Active Themes After this the nurse reveals that the doctor has said that as long as Phoenix can come get it, he will provide the medicine as charity. Write a short essay Assessment.
Themes[ edit ] One of the major themes of the short story is unselfish love. If you were an artist, what scenes from the story would you want to paint? Active Themes Reaching Natchez, Phoenix hears the bells ringing. Her name is Phoenix Jackson. The combined effects of her old age, her poor vision, and her poetic view of the world heighten the lyricism and symbolism of the narrative.
Her missing grammatical skills refer even more to that fact as well as the circumstances in which Phoenix finally receives the medicine from the nurse: The caustic liquid would destroy the lining of the esophagus, often leading to a slow and painful death from malnutrition.
Phoenix Jackson loves her grandson so much that she endures a painful walk to town in order to get the medicine that he needs. These are visible symbols for the unseen naturalism inside of her. Phoenix thinks, understandably, that as the road itself gets easier the journey will be easier, but as it turns out as she moves deeper into the more populated areas of Mississippi things get more difficult.
The free medicine exists both as charity and imposition, showing the city to be a place of nominal caring but also a place of harshness and practicality.
She attended college at the Mississippi State College for Women and the transferred to the University of Wisconsin to complete a degree in English Literature.
Mainly because of her age, the simple walk from her remote home into Natchez is a difficult enough journey to take on epic proportions. Only when she touches it does she realize it is not a real man. The scarecrow seems at first like it might be a lynched black man, a sudden intrusion of the social violence that faces black people in the South upon what had up until now seemed just a trial of Phoenix against nature.
Her perception of these obstacles emphasizes her intense physical, mental, and moral effort to complete this journey. Welty passed away at the age of 92 in her hometown of Jackson Mississippi.
Phoenix, however, does not appear afraid; the hunter lowers his gun and she manages to continue on her way unharmed and without returning the nickel. When she has the medicine, one worker offers her some pennies for Christmas.
At this Phoenix comes back to herself and explains that she hard forgotten why she had made her trip. Summary Analysis In December a very old black woman walks slowly through a pine forest.
She is travelling to Natchez to a clinic to get medicine for her grandson who suffers from lye poisoning, a common ailment in those days in that part of the country.
She then apologizes, claiming that her memory had suddenly failed her—that for a moment, she could not remember why she had made her long journey. Yet Phoenix is guided by instinct borne over many trips to make it to her destination. For example, she mistakes a scarecrow for a dancing "ghost" until she draws close enough to touch its empty sleeve.
She artfully diverts his attention by getting him to chase off the strange dog, so she can retrieve this nickel. She enters a room and sees a document with a gold seal in a gold frame. But each time she succeeds another part of her dress gets caught. Actually, it could also be the result of the numerous times she has done this journey, that in the meantime she is able to value every familiar condition.
She has worn a path through the city. She was a short story writer who wrote about the American south. She encounters animals and people along her way, too.In the story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, an old woman whose human spirit is full of dedication, dignity and high morale overcomes tremendous obstacles of life in the name of love.
Phoenix Jackson is the protagonist of the story who is an African- American woman, old and probably disabled.
The following entry presents criticism on Welty's short story "A Worn Path," first published in The Atlantic Monthly in Februaryand later in A Curtain of Green, See also Eudora Welty.
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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty The short story “ A Worn Path ” by Eudora Welty depicts the struggle of a black woman in a white society. The protagonist in the story is an old black woman, Phoenix Jackson who travels through a worn path in the woods to acquire medicine for her grandson.
Symbolism In Life and Death Jennifer Candis ENG Ms. AltfeldFisher June 13, The short stories A Worn Path by Eudora Welty and Used To Live Here Once by Jean Rhys both carry the theme, symbolism of a journey.
Eudora Welty was a short story writer and novelist known for her portrayals of the American South. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter.Download