Phoenix Jackson is determined to get to Natchez, in order to get medicine for her grandson; she does not let any obstacles get in her way. Colors in football usually go along with where the team is from. Once on the other side, she finally takes just a moment to rest. These vivid descriptions give the reader a deeper connection with the story. 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. Once she reaches the top of the hill she rests only a moment to look at what is spread out before her. What kind of society did this woman live in that she had to go all the way from her home in the countryside to the city by herself to get the medicine.
Which is also an important story. She's a small, old, African American woman who walks around with an apron made of sugar sacks, a cane made from an umbrella, and shoe laces dragging. In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty we have the theme of struggle, sacrifice, determination, perseverance, selflessness and love. The old woman is referred to as Phoenix Jackson in the story and her loss of memory and poor eyesight makes it difficult for her along her journey. She stands up to the dog, and even when she fails she accepts her fate. Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods. The gift is something that harnesses nature into both energy and beauty—it is something that represents hope, that maybe, just maybe, will help spur her grandson to push on and extend the worn path a little farther.
She's a woman in a time when it is considered better to be a man. Her denial thoughts leave us to not know any of her upcoming reactions. But you take my advice and stay home, and nothing will happen to you. By having each character display a lack of respect towards Phoenix it is also possible that Welty is suggesting that likewise many African Americans had to live their lives at the time the story was published being patronized or being denied of their dignity and individuality. Have the class imagine the scenes Welty describes, and then show the pictures.
Holding them both in her hand, Phoenix announces she is going to use the ten cents to buy a paper windmill after a Christmas present for her grandson. This is obvious because of the changing of the season, and also the colors described. He smiled, and shouldered the gun. She carried a thin, small cane made from an umbrella, and with this she kept tapping the frozen earth in front of her. Write a short essay 1. In football, animals, colors, and flag are used as symbols.
Read specifically for imagery, what pictures does Welty draw? Unwavering love of family and future generations motivated Phoenix and many others to show great strength in the face of adversity. In A Worn Path an older woman by the name of Phoenix Jackson takes a long road full of hardships to achieve a goal, which is to get medicine for her grandson. Don't let none of those come running my direction. But she stood still and listened, and it did not make a sound. If the story had a soundtrack, this is where the trumpets would be blaring. Because of the time period the wording and terminology are a little bit different from today.
A big black dog with a lolling tongue came up out of the weeds by the ditch. What was a poor, elderly sick woman doing gallivanting in the forest during the dead of winter. She meets a hunter, pocketing a nickel that he drops, and a lady who ties her shoes. Although the change in scenery is blately obvious it is sometimes what we over look, when trying to examine the characters attitude, or morals in different situations. Then she opened her eyes and she was safe on the other side. Deep, deep it went down between the high green-colored banks. Throughout the rest of the story, Welty continues to give precise descriptions of every part of the surroundings.
We don't know exactly where her home is or what it looks like. There is also some symbolism in the story which may be important. In mythology, the phoenix is a large, colorful bird that lives for centuries or even millennia. His last words are warning her to go back home and stay out of harm, but she is determined to fulfill mission. Before Phoenix made it down the hill, the bush got caught in her clothes.
Something always take a hold of me on this hill. The fact that Phoenix is never called by her first name by any of the other characters in the story may also be important. If he has died, the story is still one of unbridled determination and hope for the sake of a loved one, but there is an added layer of complexity—the psychological trauma of losing a loved one and the difficulty of processing that loss. The fact that Phoenix lives so far from town may also be significant as it is through distancing Phoenix from others and those who live in town that Welty may be highlighting the racial isolation that existed at the time. As we read, it appears to be about a long journey the woman has made throughout the entire story, but by carefully examining the theme, it tells us that there is a greater message than just a long trek. On a cold December day, an elderly woman named Phoenix Jackson makes her way along a remote path, narrating the journey to herself as she goes.
Phoenix finally realizes where she is and the reason she has come. We won't keep you standing after your long trip. Phoenix is an old, frail woman who attempts to proceed on a long and treacherous journey through the woods to Natchez. The story does not directly tells us that she is old, but we know she is old because she forgets the reason why she went to the town. A thorny bush grabs hold of her dress, but she finds the strength to pull herself free and keep up the momentum.