Symbolism In Worn Path By Eudora Welty

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A phoenix is a bird that lives to symbolize rebirth at its finest. A phoenix goes through the many stages of life, to get to the very moment where it burns itself up and becomes reborn once more. The phoenix comes from greek mythology and is used as the reincarnation symbol in most stories. In the story “Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, the main character’s name is Phoenix. Although I will touch more on this specific meaning, but the story has an incredible amount of hidden meanings that touch on even the most sensitive discussion topics of the modern age. Whether it is about racism, internal conflict, or natural conflict there is always a lesson to learn from this story. Eudora Welty clearly wants to make it known that even as her main character goes through a simple task of walking from her home to the town, she discovers many issues along her journey. In the story “Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, Eudora uses the mythological bird Phoenix as a key feature in her story. The phoenix symbolizes rebirth, in this story we are shown two more specific characters. However, the main character has the spotlight on her while the other character is the glue to the story. These two characters represent the young vs. the old. The old is the grandma, also known as Phoenix and the young is her grandson. Most people assume that the young people take care of the old, with taxes and making sure their health is up to par, but most fail to realize that the old take care of the young most of the time. “...I go on another trip for the soothing medicine” (pg 855). This sentence explains that his grandma went through a terrible journey to get him the medicine that he needs to survive. Paola Scommegna states that “throughout the process of aging, most people age with taking care of others”. The endless cycle of young and old really does take its toll, but if you just took a minute to thank your family for taking care of you, then you may see why Phoenix did the things she did for her grandson’s health. In the story “Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, racism is highlighted as another main topic. Along the journey that Phoenix takes to help save her grandson’s life, she encounters a white male who is also a hunter. This man looks down upon her
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