Symbolism In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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Life Is A Journey In “A Worn Path,” Eudora Welty creates a fictional character in Phoenix Jackson that shows determination, faith, and cunning indomitable human spirit. “Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons, and wild animals! … Keep out from under these feet, little bob-whites … Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. Don’t let none of those come running my direction. I got a long way.” (Welty) With those words, Phoenix started her long, difficult journey to get medicine for her grandson. Along the way, she faces a series of obstacles to achieve her goal. Through these obstacles, Eudora Welty displays Phoenix’s personality through the setting and symbolism.
In the beginning of the story, the reader is introduced to our main character Phoenix Jackson. She is described as a small, old Negro woman. The name Eudora Welty gives the main character is emblematic, it evokes images of the mythical bird which rises from the flames and regenerates. The story of the mythical creature is that it lives for five centuries before burning to ashes, and then afterward, it rises back up to life as a young bird from the ashes to complete a continuous cycle.(Butterworth) Phoenix, the women in the story, represents the myth of the bird on the grounds that she is described as being elderly and near the end of her life. Since she is of an advanced age, she can hardly walk and uses a cane made of an old umbrella to aid her, " ...moving a little from side to side in

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