Eudora Welty 's A Worn Path

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Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” demonstrations how people in the early twentieth century could not see past the color of one’s skin and the hardships which are faced because of this blindness. Welty short story demonstrations these difficulties with Phoenix Jackson and her journey to town. Through symbolism and motifs and even the symbolism has double meaning. For example, “seem like there is chains about my feet” (Welty 1) as her path is face with a hill. Yes, it could be just the hardship of the hill or the chains of slavery or her life of struggles. While developing her character within the flawed imagery Welty leaves readers with a paradox of their own, who Phoenix truly is. During the 1940’s, Mississippi countryside was not a kind place to color people as the hunter so nicely called her nor an elderly woman on her own. Meanwhile Phoenix persevered using her wits and grit. Although this path lies open to interpretation, Phoenix Jackson reveals her true character with little gestures and leaves little bread crumbs to follow. The well-worn path is not without purpose or meaning thou the truth within unravels as if following the pattern set by Phoenix’s untied shoelaces dragging behind. Phoenix, a tiny older woman, carried the weight of life on her delicate shoulders. Along the journey to Natchez Mississippi, Welty shows the pain within Phoenix’s trip as she “mov[es] a little from side to side in her steps, with the balanced heaviness and lightness of a pendulum in a

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