A Worn Path eludes to the many times she has overcome the obstacles along the way to achieve her goal. Old and frail, she carries a cane, which she switches at animals she thinks she hears moving in the brush. Because she graduated in the depths of the , she struggled to find work in New York. She traverses different kinds of terrain—hills, forests, swamps, and fields—that test the strength and endurance of her old body. The unconditional and unwavering love of family and future generations moved Phoenix and many others to show great strength in the face of adversity.
The woods were deep and still. The nurse calls her Aunt Phoenix. A Worn Path is about Old Phoenix a mythological bird. Entering it, she climbs the towering staircase, reaching the doctor's office. Note, as she takes the long and difficult journey to the hospital, she never tells us this, and she talks as she walks--to herself, to the animals along the way and to the people she meets, some kind, some mean and one very dangerous. But you take my advice and stay home, and nothing will happen to you. The caustic liquid would destroy the lining of the esophagus, often leading to a slow and painful death from malnutrition.
So she lay there and presently went to talking. Without warning, she had seen with her own eyes a flashing nickel fall out of the man's pocket onto the ground. The story is about Sister and how she becomes estranged from her family and ends up living at the post office where she works. She wore a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with a full pocket: all neat and tidy, but every time she took a step she might have fallen over her shoelaces, which dragged from her unlaced shoes. The plot focuses on family struggles when the daughter and the second wife of a judge confront each other in the limited confines of a hospital room while the judge undergoes eye surgery. Welty further explores the idea or theme of love later in the story when Phoenix reaches town and the reader discovers her reason for going to town in the first place.
Her body is so used to making this trip she even forgets the why, when she reaches her destination. Each of these incidents may be important as it is possible that Welty is not only highlighting to the reader the struggles that Phoenix encounters on her journey into town but it is also possible that Welty is highlighting the struggles that many if not all African Americans at the time the story was published 1941 encountered while trying to make some progress in their lives. Eudora Welty makes alive such a non-entity here, and exhibits a powerful, sympathetic insight into the mind of an inconsequential life. Some might think the story is very simple. Then she comes across a field, where she has an encounter with a scarecrow, who she first mistakes for a ghost.
The legend of the Phoenix is about a fabled sacred bird of ancient Egyptians, said to come out of Arabia every 500 years to Heliopolis, where it burned itself on altar and rose again from its ashes young and beautiful; symbol of immortality. The student will apply Standard English to communicate. She has walked this path up hills through the pine trees and down hill through the Oaks many times, indeed her feet know their own way. 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. Colonists who made lye soap would regularly die from just the chemical poisoning involved in inhaling the fumes which is why lye soap was never made inside the house, always outside, even in the cold of winter.
He not get his breath. Once on the other side, she finally takes just a moment to rest. A thorny bush grabs hold of her dress, but she finds the strength to pull herself free and keep up the momentum. American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. I was too old at the surrender to get an education. The fact that Phoenix is not scared may also be important as it is possible that Welty is suggesting that aggression against African Americans again at the time the story was published may have been a common occurrence.
Another thing that links the scarecrow to death is the simple fact that he is in a field. She crawls through it carefully, so as not to get injured. I was too old at the surrender to get an education. The hunter laughs at being able to scare him. Which is exactly the point at which limited omniscience can become so tricky.
Soon after Welty returned to Jackson in 1931, her father died of. The nickel that Phoenix picks up from the ground may also have some symbolic significance as by introducing it into the story, Welty may be attempting to highlight how selfless Phoenix is. This is really a short story but in a lovely volume which I found in our library shop. The luggage symbolizes that Jig and the American are still very ambitious to travel around the world and if they were to keep the baby, their ambition would come to an end because the baby will come in the way. Phoenix Jackson's story is very similar to the women she came across at the time. The visual technique that is used to express this theme in both sets of pages is composition.
Her last line explains why she collects the two nickels; she wants to buy her grandson a pinwheel for Christmas. She makes it to town and then she has to walk all the way home again. This can be likened to Phoenix's brave and undying spirit to survive and obtain the medicine, despite all the hardships. Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. But she stood still and listened, and it did not make a sound. Assessment Give students at least 10—15 minutes to fill out column 3 and hand worksheets in for review.