On a cold December day she repeats the same journey again. She begins her rhythmic pace. Everyday people are going out of their way to make either a theoretical or literal journey to help someone they love. The gradual movement in the story stresses the woman's perseverance and incredible effort towards an intent she sees fit for such a journey. One of the main components of the legend of the phoenix is the extreme age the phoenix reaches and the references made to Phoenix's immortality. When the hunter helps her it is without respect; he is willing to lift her out of the ditch, but doesn't see her as an equal.
Some of these are real; others are daydreams, memories, or tricks of the eye. The hunter and Phoenix chat, mostly about her age and where she is going, which makes him seem nice enough, but he's really pretty much a jerk. 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. The document is a diploma. In each story we have a grandmother of a different race, appearance, and attitude.
The point being that this is far from the only instance in which she has made this journey and it does not get any easier; in fact, with every passing day it gets harder. Every move she makes seems to be a slow, gradual move towards her goal. Phoenix has finally caught flame and is ready to lead her new, rejuvenated life. She was a selfless woman whose spirit could not be broken. Also the woods represents they same symbols as the path because they ran through there in order to lose their own owners.
The path is a metaphor for life and life is full of obstacle s and risks that Phoenix needed to overcome in this story. These obstacles only prove the love that Phoenix has for her grandson. His name is Christian Gimenez. She has walked a path periodically to get medicine for her chronically ill grandson who drank lye. Jackson's journey can be seen as the quest for racial equality by southern blacks. There is no end to the distance she would go to care for her maimed grandson.
In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty an elderly African American woman named Phoenix Jackson picks a cold December day to make yet another perilous journey to a near by city to get medicine for her ailing grandson. Wouldn't miss going to town to see Santa Claus! This highlights her assurance to herself and her persistence as she moves toward her goal. She is driven by an ingrained sense of urgency to obtain the medicine that is needed for her grandson, her only living relative. Phoenix would certainly not talk using such lofty language and it is equally doubtful she would write that way. Phoenix is walking to town to buy some medicine for her Grandson, while Emily is locked in her house with a dead man. The name Phoenix comes from an Egyptian bird and symbolize resurrection.
The verb choice here personifies the bush; more than making it human, it also indicates intent. Having to commute in such difficult conditions, Phoenix endures through the dense and tiresome woods, stretching from the countryside to the town. While sometimes dependent on help from others she is determined to keep going. Although, both of them are socially isolated or have isolated themselves from society. Phoenix risks her life by walking in the empty woods through path she already knows very well but that path is a symbol having to do with slavery because back in the days slaves escaped through the woods and would get away from the white peop.
These all establish that Phoenix is an elderly woman. Phoenix Jackson is a grandmother whose only motivation for living is to nurture her grandson back to health. The very essence of this journey which the main character undertakes is that it is long and frightening and filled with many obstacles some threatening and some just difficult. In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty we have the theme of struggle, sacrifice, determination, perseverance, selflessness and love. She faces racism from some of characters she meets along the way. Phoenix encountered many obstacles during her journey to town and one of them was getting through the thorn bush.
Some exist harmoniously together without any change in the original identity of black or white. 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. She is a very determined and strong woman. She lives in the pinewoods and faces the challenging experience of walking through the snowy, frozen earth to get to the hospital in the city of Natchez. She stands up to the dog, and even when she fails she accepts her fate.
It falls only to arise and live again. Though the story does not tell us where the mother of this child was, it does indicate that the child was depending on his grandmother to help him, and it also seems as though the child was all old Phoenix had, and she did not want to loose him. Not only is she an aged, blind, black female who is on a journey through torturous terrain to secure medication for her ill grandson, but she is a symbol of poverty and selflessness, which contrasts the wealth, and self-centeredness o. The thesis relies on a strong verb creates. Old age is not always the end of the road, but the journey it takes to get to that age is worth living for.
The scarecrow looms menacingly in the shadows in real time for both Phoenix and the reader. Phoenix may be used to being threatened and as such no longer fears these threats. On paragraph 54, she said that she is bound to go on her way; this implies that no matter how hard and worn the path may be, she would still go on. It is there that the first imagery of the bird comes into play. She tries to reach up and, finding no one, just waits.