Eudora Welty A Worn Path Analysis

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A Worn Path For The Blacks “ ‘Doesn't the gun scare you?’ he said, still pointing it. ‘No, sir, I seen plenty go off closer by, in my day, and for less than what I done,’ she said, holding utterly still.” This is a sentence in A Worn Path written by Eudora Welty. Appearing to be used to witnessing racial violence toward the African Americans, Phoenix Jackson is not frightened even when the gun is pointing at her, facing a life and death situation. Eudora Welty illustrates the racial prejudice faced by the blacks that become a huge dark shadow in their lives along with the idea of preservation, redemption, and love through the uses of rhetorical devices, precise details, and concise language. Through the third person omniscient point of view, Eudora Welty is able to emphasize on the strong racial oppression in detail. The setting changes from the country to the city throughout the story. On Jackson’s arduous journey to town, she experiences various kinds of obstacles. While the barriers she faces when travelling in the jungle are mainly physical, such as harsh weather, bushes, fence and so on, she has to cope with psychological and even mental…show more content…
Especially in the first paragraph, Welty uses the rhetorical device of simile and precise description to depict the protagonist, Phoenix Jackson, as an old, small, lonely and weak widow. The rhetorical device not only makes the descriptions come alive, but also allow the readers to imagine freely. This description indirectly shows the African Americans’ great suffer from racial discrimination. Finally, for dialogues in A Worn Path, the words of Jackson are usually not with proper grammar and sentence structure usage. Welty wants the reader to notice this change in order to inform that the blacks received little or no education at that
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