Symbolism In A Worn Path By Eudora Welty

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tories from the past will have a symbolism in many different ways, shapes, and forms. In this short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, I will be analyzing symbolism. In the story “A Worn Path”the author uses symbolism to create a figurative explanation of the occurrences in her journey. This story has distinct symbols from myths, historical, and biblical events. The character Phoenix Jackson has various trials to go through on her way to town to get more medicine for her ill grandson.
The story is set in the woods of Mississippi near Natchez in the 1930’s. When Welty writes, “She carried a thin, small cane made from an umbrella.” It shows that people used what they had at hand. Old Phoenix Jackson had an apron made from old sugar sacks. In this era items were made to last or to be reused for a different application as opposed to the modern era where everything is disposable.
Jackson said, “Seem like there is chains about my feet...”(Welty) This is symbolic to Phoenix being a slave in her younger days. In the story Phoenix never reveals her age, but it is known that she is old. She was most likely old enough to have been born as a slave and then freed as a young woman.
Through the progressing journey Phoenix says, “Now comes the trial,” (Welty). This statement refers to her being freed from slavery and starting a new life as a free person. In history, even though the black people were freed from slavery, they were still seen as a lesser race in white folk’s eyes. This made
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