Most of the symbols or shapes are used in a mathematics class squares, triangles, and circles. He then lies about not having any money — his lost nickel proves that he did at least have that. She plans to take her two nickels and buy her grandson a paper windmill. At the time the story was published racial equality would not have existed in America particularly in the South where the story is set and African Americans would have been treated as second class citizens with many white Americans considering themselves to have been superior to African Americans. The hunter tries to make Phoenix Jackson rethink her journey. Works Cited Butterworth, Nancy K. When she realizes it is in fact just a scarecrow she is happy and dances with it for a moment.
As Phoenix Jackson walks carefully through the woods and fields on her way to town, she speaks slowly and boldly to herself. The trials and obstacles of the journey, which Phoenix recognizes as such, reflect the sometimes random and unfair travails of her life. She tries to reach up and, finding no one, just waits. There again, she sees someone reach out to her, but when she extends her hand, there's nothing. I believe the conflict in the story is an internal one. Her striped dress creates an image of her wearing a black and white prison uniform. I think it is the conflict between the old woman's will power and Mother Nature.
He returns and points the gun in her face, which does not frighten her, before allowing her to pass on. Upon reading the story, you realize that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Another example could be the colors; as everyone is aware that black indicates death, white for purity, and red for danger or passion, purple being the royal color, yellow for violence and lastly blue for peace. She tells the nurse that her grandson has swallowed lye and proceeds to leave the office in order to buy him a paper windmill. Instead he tells her to keep to her place in society—in her rural home.
The story gives insight to the persistence and boldness of Phoenix Jackson to emphasize the conviction of people in similar lives of constant struggle. On her way she encountered many elements of wildlife, of which she scared out of her path. The dangerous road, the dark jungles, the constant danger of being attacked by wild animals, putting her life in peril, she faced it all and reached her destination. After he helps her though he seems to tease her and make her uneasy with his gun. Because Welty is a native of the south, this story is based from the experiences during her life. Phoenix outwits the white hunter by cleverly using his pride and feelings of racial superiority over blacks both herself and the dog against him, and she manages to steal a nickel with remarkable grace. These are explained in brief below.
She seems very determined to reach her goal. Reaching Natchez, Phoenix is overwhelmed by all the lights but allows her muscle memory to take her to the big building where she needs to go. Her name is symbolic of the real phoenix bird, which also flies great distances to heal people with its tears. She carries a cane and switches it at imagined animals in the bushes. Entering it, she climbs the towering staircase, reaching the doctor's office. She then turns and begins descending the steps for her journey back home.
Phoenix then takes out her other nickel and places the two of them side by side. This theme is shown in a couple of images. Themes of the work include race and racism, guilt, and resurrection. The writer does not provide any information about the kind of person Phoenix is, except for her physical appearance. This section contains 2,194 words approx. GradeSaver, 27 August 2016 Web.
A nurse appears who recognizes Phoenix and informs the attendant that she is there to visit her grandson who swallowed lye a few years earlier. The reader may notice that throughout the book Phoenix Jackson is referred to as 'Old Phoenix', 'Old' being in capital letters suggest that it's more than just an adjective describing her but rather a part of her. We are left wondering about the reason for her journey right till the end, and that makes it all the more moving. Her last line explains why she collects the two nickels; she wants to buy her grandson a pinwheel for Christmas. The couple faces a very difficult decision about this baby because they are not willing to give up their immature life style. Once she reaches the top of the hill she rests only a moment to look at what is spread out before her.
This trip through nature is not going to be just any sort of walk; the natural world wants to tell this woman something on this day. On her way she encounters many obstacles such as the thorns in which her dress got caught in, barbed wire, a scarecrow, a large dog, a hunter and the lady, which ties her shoes. The essay named A Worn Path by Eudora Welty title suggests that the path that the main character Phoenix takes and the obstacles that she faces are paths and obstacles that all people have to face in their lifetime. His disbelief that she would walk as far as he can demeans her based on her age. Very Real Inspiration Before writing 'The Worn Path', Eudora Welty was a publicity agent for Works Progress Administration in the '30s.
But Phoenix's desire to help her grandson, and save his life, while also preserving some life of her own, helped her strive in completing this trip. Then it is through a swampy area and a long stretch of road on which she encounters a threatening black dog. Since she cannot read, she needs to rely on her memory. As she journeys through the woods, she imagines that a young boy is giving her some cake and she also meets a dog. The fusing of fantasy and authenticity is absolutely essential for the story to be told in the way that Welty desire.