I chose Phoenix Jackson because of my admiration of her strong and valuable qualities: determination and love. The protagonist Phoenix Jackson has many more layers than the way she is perceived as an apparent no account drifter, charity case, whose only reason to head into town is to see Santa Clause Welty 2. As soon as a person thinks that the struggle is over, another problem seems to come up. I got a long way. Life is an obstacle course in which we have to overcome in our lifetimes.
When she got free from the bush, she continued with her. Against the expectation of the white man Phoenix is not scared at all by the threats advanced by the hunter. Under the red rag her hair came down on her neck in the frailest of ringlets. She represents struggle, but most of all she represents determination. In Greek mythology the phoenix is the symbol for idealism and hope. When she first spots Natchez from the path, bells ring and the city shines. She is going to Natchez to bring back medicine for her grandson, who is suffering for years because of swallowing lye.
The title of the story seems to have been taken from the fact that she has made this journey numerous times, and the path is now worn to her. As we read, it appears to be about a long journey the woman has made throughout the entire story, but by carefully examining the theme, it tells us that there is a greater message than just a long trek. The setting within the forest becomes the primary antagonist, creating hurdles and obstacles for Phoenix to overcome. The story has been written in first person, with the author only narrating the incidents that happen on that day. The following paragraphs provide a summary and brief analysis of the story, and also a character analysis of the various people that we come across in it. It is shown on pages 6 and 7 as well as 16 and 17. A close examination of the Phoenix's journey exposes a lot of symbolism.
Her role in society is an old black woman in a white world, though she is not ashamed of her inferior position. Yet, her responses to his attacks are not fiery retaliations or accusations, but a calm insistency on going forward with her plan. Phoenix faces many dangerous obstacles along her way, for a person of her age. The details of the path are constantly referred to, and they make up a big part of the story. That shows that she is faithful to who she loves.
A Phoenix is a mythological creature who dies in fire and rises from ashes only to be stronger. The mythical bird, the phoenix symbolizes rebirth, resurrection, immortality. The story begins when Phoenix makes her way into a forest abundant with wildlife. Taken from her A Curtain of Green and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Welty may be using the setting of the story to explore the theme of struggle. 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. The hunter asked her what she was doing in the ditch.
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. This is obvious because of the changing of the season, and also the colors described. Each difficulty she encounters, she laughs at and overcomes. If the journey's purpose was clear from the start, the story would either feel different or need adjustments in writing. A theme of victory through humility and self- sacrifice is embodied in the symbolic mistletoe.
Natchez , named for the Native American tribe who lived in the area, brags about being the oldest city on the Mississippi River and is located about ninety miles from the state capital of Jackson. Phoenix may be used to being threatened and as such no longer fears these threats. When the attendant asks her why she has come, she doesn't seem to hear, and continues staring at the wall. Yet He obtained what He sought—a healing balm for His children. On a cold December day she repeats the same journey again.
The second is racism one of the obstacles in the way of her getting that help. After the Civil War, life was very difficult for everyone, as the country had faced severe losses in the north and south, not to mention the conditions of southern land. 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. The elderly are especially vulnerable to the cold weather due to the thinning of their blood that occurs with the advancement of age. Like Christ, Old Phoenix displayed a power over her enemies…but not the type of power one would immediately discern. She overcame obstacles that were both physical and mental throughout the course of the story. The story begins when Phoenix makes her way into a forest abundant with wildlife.
Standing dumbfounded and exhausted from her long journey, she could not remember why she has come all this way. A worn path: literary analysis Literary Analysis Arising out of the ashes the phoenix came back to life again. The value of these critical views is decided by the reader and may be different to each one. During her journey she even talked smart to a white hunter in the area. The setting also provides space for extremely rich detail, which is used throughout the story. Symbolism may be hard to decode at times. Whether it be fear, deception, or any other obstacle like Phoenix faced in this essay.