As we take this long, arduous path with her, seeing all the obstacles it entails barbed-wire fences, thorns, rickety bridges, dangerous white men with guns who clearly own the property she's traversing, no roads , we see how long it must have taken her the first time she had to make this journey, a journey too long to have made and to have still had the child survive without immediate treatment. She remembers, forgets, suffers and sins. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. So the time come around, and I go on another trip for the soothing-medicine. A phoenix is commonly known to be a mythical bird that has the ability to rise again.
. Once again, a subtle reference to slavery that Welty uses. A nurse at the medical dispensary to which Phoenix A free online link to the short story is found here: In this story an elderly black woman, Phoenix, takes an arduous trip by foot into Natchez, a town in southern Mississippi. First of all, I believe that the name Phoenix in itself is symbolic for the type of person the old woman truly is. I believe the conflict in the story is an internal one. Putting her right foot out, she mounted the log and shut her eyes. He a big black dog.
And yet, it is all but impossible for any but the most inexperienced of English-language readers to identify that story as not being told in the first person. The Natchez Trace is an ancient trail that served as a main artery for commerce, war, exploration, mail, lawlessness, and westward expansion. Phoenix Jackson is an old, little woman that is blind and needs to be carrying a cane due to her almost complete blindness. But anyone who knows the dangers of lye hi, historian here! Her name was Phoenix Jackson. She finally makes it to a wagon track and thinks the journey will now be easier for her. The quail were walking around like pullets, seeming all dainty and unseen. The prose is wonderfully descriptive and vivid.
The story tells of the poor life apron made of sugar sacks Phoenix has, but she is full of love, persistence and gumption. When the reader gains access into the mind of just one character and at certain points the story seems almost narrated by that person is when the whole perspective gets really confusing. A Worn Path eludes to the many times she has overcome the obstacles along the way to achieve her goal. By now she had a card with something written on it, a little list. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. The shadows hung from the oak trees to the road like curtains. Have the class imagine the scenes Welty describes, and then show the pictures.
She is very old and she uses an old umbrella which she uses as a cane. Some might think the story is very simple. 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 stated in the text, they are the only two left in their families. Her last line explains why she collects the two nickels; she wants to buy her grandson a pinwheel for Christmas. An old woman named Phoenix Jackson makes a journey that, from the title alone, we sense is one she has made many times before.
A Worn Path A worn path is a story about a woman named Phoenix Jackson who needs to go a journey to town to get medicine for her sick grandson. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. Then she went on, parting her way from side to side with the cane, through the whispering field. He got a sweet look. 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. Its characteristics change slightly with each new iteration, but a few things remain more or less consistent such as its beautiful appearance and its ability to consume itself with flame and be reborn in the ashes.
A Worn Path is about Old Phoenix a mythological bird. The deep lines in her face went into a fierce and different radiation. But Phoenix only looked above her head. 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. It may also be significant that throughout her journey, Phoenix communicates with each animal she encounters. The main character of the story is Phoenix Jackson, an elderly woman who makes a very perilous journey to the city of Natchez, encountering many dangers along the way. A very old and frail black woman named Phoenix Jackson makes a long and difficult journey on a path from the country into the town.
His assumption that black folks will do anything to see Santa Claus is also a reference to the mindset of white people towards black people at that time. All they have left is each other, and she has hope that he'll be okay. Then she smelled wood smoke, and smelled the river, and she saw a steeple and the cabins on their steep steps. This can be likened to Phoenix's brave and undying spirit to survive and obtain the medicine, despite all the hardships. He wear a little patch-quilt and peep out, holding his mouth open like a little bird.
The dispensary clerks are skeptical, as well, shedding light on the possibility that Phoenix may simply not be dealing with the grief and guilt of losing the grandchild, the rest of the backstory of the situation being murky at best. Phoenix is elderly, very elderly, and she is traveling alone. But a black dog appears, and though she strikes at it with her cane, it ends up knocking her into a ditch. Luckily, a white man finds her and lifts her out. Therefore, Welty had to find a way both to take the reader inside the mind of a person significantly less educated than herself while not limiting her own ability to write about that person in a way reflective of that intelligence.