The theme of black inequality continues throughout the story when Phoenix encounters certain characters, such as the white hunter, the children in Natchez, and the woman at the medical building. So she lay there and presently went to talking. Phoenix thanks them, rises, and begins to leave. Phoenix Jackson continued her journey through the swampy part of the forest, drinking some water from a spring flowing through a hollow log. The shadows hung from the oak trees to the road like curtains.
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. She was meditating, and not ready, and when he came at her she only hit him a little with her cane. The path itself and the challenges old Phoenix faces on her journey into town is used to create a picture of what slaves went through in the south when this story took place. Although I am not completely opposed to the opinions of others, it is clearly a story that demonstrates a theme of racial inequality and the struggles African Americans had to endure to obtain freedom. A Worn Path is a book set in 1940s' America, where black Americans were still treated differently from white Americans. When she was on the bank of river, she saw a boy coming towards her with cake in her imagination. He got a sweet look.
She entered a door, and there she saw nailed up on the wall the document that had been stamped with the gold seal and framed in the gold frame, which matched the dream that was hung up in her head. She comes across a log and goes ahead. She has wrinkled face and unlaced shoes. She was now in a corn field. Welty symbolically shows, through the determination of a black woman, that African Americans had to conquer numerous obstacles in order to complete the path to obtain freedom and racial equality. She stands up to the dog, and even when she fails she accepts her fate. Facing all these difficulties and dealing with each of them successfully finally, she reached to a wagon track.
At her first encounter she stumbles upon a white hunter. It appears to depict how a phoenix bird, when old, is between the lightness of life and heaviness of death. She hit it a little with her stick. The sun made the pine needles almost too bright to look at, up where the wind rocked. She walks through the jungle. She found a coat and inside that an emptiness, cold as ice. Most of the symbols or shapes are used in a mathematics class squares, triangles, and circles.
She plans to take her two nickels and buy her grandson a paper windmill. A thorny bush grabs hold of her dress, but she finds the strength to pull herself free and keep up the momentum. But before she got down the hill her dress was caught in a thorn bush. As she journeys through the woods, she imagines that a young boy is giving her some cake and she also meets a dog. What does Phoenix keep talking to herself? She had a very successful career in writing and published many books that are still read and well known today. As if waking from a dream, Phoenix apologizes for a temporary loss of memory. Welty is referencing that she had escaped from a prison like atmosphere and is now starting out on her path to freedom.
This section contains 531 words approx. The short story also discusses racism and the arrogance it breeds by marginalizing other people and being cruel to them. At this time, she picked the coin quite carefully, the way one lifts an egg from under a sitting hen. Possible meeting with snakes and wild bulls scares her. She kept on moving and came across a barbed wire fence.
The main character is Phoenix Jackson. She has reached the bright and busy town she sought to reach. Next comes a ravine where she stops to take a sip of water from a spring. Then, she crawled along the barbed wired fence and reached to the field of cotton. Putting her right foot out, she mounted the log and shut her eyes. It teaches the power of selfless love, and also that there are people in the world who make sacrifices for those that they care about. It is similar to the story of , who faces many trials along his journey.
Once on the other side, she makes her way through a cornfield complete with buzzards and a scarecrow. When asked what is bother her, Phoenix does not respond, leading the attendant to rudely question if she is deaf by vocally asking the old woman if she cannot hear. She tries to reach up and, finding no one, just waits. Written by Timothy Sexton It is a bright but cold morning in December when an old woman with the mythologically-infused name sets out along a worn path she knows well. On finding out its true identity, she happily does a little dance with it! There is also evidence in the appearance of the main character, Phoenix, a black woman who is wearing a red bandana, apron, and a striped dress.
The reader realizes that all she went through, she did out of affection for her grandson. After walking across a log to traverse a stream, she rests. Once on the other side, she finally takes just a moment to rest. The doctor asked the nurse to give Phoenix medicine freely. Armed with a cane in her hand and red rag to keep her head warm, Phoenix may possess a name endowed with academic vitality, but her existence is that of a thousand other old Negro women who have walked along similarly worn paths throughout a Southern United States defined by its racism toward people like Phoenix on the basis of nothing more than the color of her skin. That's as far as I walk when I come out myself, and I get something for my trouble. But when she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air.
He wear a little patch-quilt and peep out, holding his mouth open like a little bird. She also gives Phoenix a nickel as a Christmas 'gift'. What do her monologues add to the total portrait of her? Once again, a subtle reference to slavery that Welty uses. She is even disturbed by the scarecrow, which she thinks to be a ghost. Some believe that it is a story about life and death or about strength. She shut her eyes, reached out her hand, and touched a sleeve. Phoenix Jackson's story is very similar to the women she came across at the time.