The strength of love may make people do or say unusual and implausible things. He is the contrary of Phoenix, he is lost and depressed. That she does not is clearly intended to be a major theme of the story. 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. Throughout one persons life there are always ups and downs, but what really make a person are the actions we take when we encounter obstacles. The verb choice here personifies the bush; more than making it human, it also indicates intent. Yet Phoenix possesses a wry sense of humor and, like Christ, accepts her obstacles as part of life.
The story suggests that the grandson died many years ago after swallowing lye but that Jackson continues to believe that he is alive, suffering and in need of medication. It may also be significant that throughout her journey, Phoenix communicates with each animal she encounters. Phoenix faces many dangerous obstacles along her way, for a person of her age. She is an old Negro woman who has seen a lot in her lifetime. She refused to give up, despite the odds against her, to help her grandson. As soon as people see him getting warmed up they start screaming his name.
For as long as her grandson needs her, she will be there, making her journey through the snow and rain, sleet and hail, braving bears and snakes and hunters and dogs because, like the phoenix would, she has chosen to protect and serve this young child. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1992. Her devotion to her grandson and wanting to provide him with a better lifestyle, was her motivation to overcome these trials. This description helps to verify that Phoenix is very old and this will be a difficult trip for a woman of her age. What was a poor, elderly sick woman doing gallivanting in the forest during the dead of winter. The year 1941 was not only marked by the start of the Second World War but also of poverty that was a reality to many—particularly to blacks and to the people from the rural Southwest where Mississippi is located.
It's well worth a read just for the vivid images it creates. This short story includes these common themes she favored throughout her works. Butterworth 231-232 Through these obstacles, Welty brings forth her theme: with enough persistence and boldness we can overcome any obstacle that we face and reach our goal. All of these ties back in with the age the phoenix grows to. Further Examples: The character of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet serves as a foil to young Juliet, delights us with her warmth and earthy wit, and helps realize the tragic catastrophe. Both stories are about women who differ in race and social status; however, both stories interweave themes of betrayal, religion, death, and the characters personal journeys through life.
Subscribe to The Sitting Bee. Welty utilizes dialogue to portray how others belittle Phoenix and attempt to destroy her dignity in vain. Documents such as, the Declaration of independence, Bill of Rights, United States Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address are some examples of historical documents. For instance, animals and colors are used to show where the team is from and what their mascot is. Flags are used to give penalties to either team, and when a flag is thrown on the field, the crowd automatically knows that there has been a penalty. The nickel that Phoenix picks up from the ground may also have some symbolic significance as by introducing it into the story, Welty may be attempting to highlight how selfless Phoenix is.
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. Specifically, the current paper compares and contrasts how Eudora Welty and Kate Chopin convey issues in their society by considering the use of language, themes, point of view, and characterization in A Worn Path and Regret respectively. But each time she succeeds another part of her dress gets caught. The story won an O. This scene of the story shows us how the whites regard the blacks. As the story begins, we are introduced to our main character, Phoenix Jackson; she is described as a small, old Negro woman. The tension of the story stems from the obstacles she encounters, which come from nature, society and herself, including barbed wire, a dog, a white hunter, and flashbacks or hallucinations that involve her grandson.
The story allegorically referred to life as the journey itself through a worn path. The nurse willingly gives her a nickel. Perseverance is a prevalent theme in this story. It symbolizes how he was crucified, put to death on a cross. Her conversation with the nurse at the end, and other indications, make it clear that she has made this trip many times and intends to keep doing so as long as necessary. At first the story appears simple, but its mythic undertones and ambiguity gives a depth and richness that has been praised by critics.
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. The plot concerns her journey along the worn path of the title and the events of that journey. Even in her old age Phoenix is a shining example of what can be accomplished with determination. It also identifies the element of fiction that the writer will explore character and the characteristics the writer will analyze and discuss determination, faith, cunning. Despite the many obstacles Phoenix encounters along her journey, determination helps her to continue. The obstacles that Phoenix Jackson faced alludes to the real-life hardships, temptations, lies, aggressions, and the like that we all face. Yet Phoenix is immediately, and once again, accosted by a condescending figure of white authority.
The phoenix is a bird that matures to an extreme age before it bursts into flame and is reborn from the ashes. A Worn Path is about a courageous old woman looking to find medicine for her sick grandson. Even though, she managed not just to live through the violence, but not let eat away at her humanity. Granny Weatherall is characterized as a very old lady who is extremely stubborn and bedridden. Phoenix Jackson is an old woman.