The path is a journey which can not be totally controlled by humans. Over she went in the ditch, like a little puff of milkweed. She is not only an elder, but brittle and lonely as well. Laws such as the Jim Crow era laws are examples of this. The main theme of the story is endurance. People usually use symbolism for something that means to them or represents to them. Phoenix could have been driven by the atmosphere around her, and it pushed to get the medicine for her grandson as part of the spirit of Christmas and doing good for her family.
She walk a worn path relentlessly facing obstacles along the way with a mind that is diminishing overtime. What do they symbolize about Phoenix and her journey? Which is exactly the point at which limited omniscience can become so tricky. They should fill out columns 1—2 for now. This story was about a little old black lady named Phoenix Jackson who lived way back in the piney woods with her grandson. It has to signify a deeper meaning.
Finally, she came to and realized she had forgotten completely why she had even made the trip to begin with. One of the main pictures you see about these characters is that they are both mentally crazy. She is going to Natchez to bring back medicine for her grandson, who is suffering for years because of swallowing lye. In the story, Phoenix is a very old woman who needed to go to town to get medicine for her sick grandson. Welty utilizes dialogue to portray how others belittle Phoenix and attempt to destroy her dignity in vain. Mostly everything can have a symbolism meaning to it.
She refused to give up, despite the odds against her, to help her grandson. Sobbing mothers tenderly clean up the flesh that cat-o-nine tails ripped off their child's back. The path gives way to town, which is decorated for Christmas and filled with people bustling by Phoenix as they go about their business. This highlights her assurance to herself and her persistence as she moves toward her goal. Throughout her journey, she runs into many obstacles such as a thorny bush and a hunter.
It is the only plant that remains evergreen in the harsh winter. On the trip, she runs into some trouble here and there with her dress getting caught in the underbrush and old age getting to her. During this particular journey, she encounters many stumbling blocks, real-life hardships, temptations, lies, aggressions and racism. I think this represents the vision of a free society. Entering it, she climbs the towering staircase, reaching the doctor's office. While a hard journey for an old woman, a grandmother's undying love shows the depths she was willing to go to take care of her grandchild.
She wore this long dress with an equally long apron made of bleached sugar sacks. The situation comes out well for Phoenix though when the man mistakenly drops a nickel. Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead, but a golden color ran underneath, and the two knobs of her cheeks were illumined by a yellow burning under the dark. Many critics have commented on the significance of the main character's name in relation to the mythology , relating to her indomitable ability to rise again and make her journey. While sometimes dependent on help from others she is determined to keep going. Students should have read the story once independently before starting this project in class.
Life is the same way. The colors used apprise the reader of another story. She makes this trek over and over again, continuously, and as she nears the end of her life she will nourish her own son back to health. Phoenix encountered many obstacles during her journey to town and one of them was getting through the thorn bush. 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. It is entirely up to the reader to work out what each encounter symbolizes. She represents struggle, but most of all she represents determination.
In stories, novels, and photography, the Pulitzer Prize winner was especially interested in the relationship of place to character. Phoenix is very fragile, yet very strong-willed and persistent. While there are a multitude of literary elements and devices splurged throughout the story, some of the first ones to spot make the biggest impact. The two dogs which belong to the white man and which are seen fighting may also be important as by telling the reader that both dogs were fighting, Welty may be symbolically making reference to the conflict that existed at the time between African Americans and white people. A lady came along in the crowd, carrying an armful of red, green, and silver-wrapped presents; she gave off perfume like the red roses in hot summer, and Phoenix stopped her. Complete a classroom Quiz based on the reading. Each of these incidents may be important as it is possible that Welty is not only highlighting to the reader the struggles that Phoenix encounters on her journey into town but it is also possible that Welty is highlighting the struggles that many if not all African Americans at the time the story was published 1941 encountered while trying to make some progress in their lives.
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. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. The story does not describe what in particular she was thinking of, but it definitely was not anything of the situation she was in at the time. Her role in society is an old black woman in a white world, though she is not ashamed of her inferior position. Does this mean the nurse at the clinic was African-American? Each difficulty she encounters, she laughs at and overcomes. While reading the story of Phoenix Jackson, a distinct emotional feeling engulfed me that something was not quite right, especially with Phoenix. GradeSaver, 23 June 2017 Web.