Symbolism in A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

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In the story “A Worn Path” uses a continuous number of literary techniques and there is an overflow of symbolism. In the story everything symbolizes an object symbolism is when an object in the story can relate to something. Symbolism is a literary technique that adds meaning to a story by using an event or object as a symbol to represent something else. Phoenix Jackson represents the most important thing in the story the ancient Egyptian bird the Phoenix. The story “A Worn Path” takes place in December 1941. It’s about an old lady named Phoenix Jackson that goes to town in Natchez, Mississippi to get some medicine for her grandson who had swallowed lye many years back. Phoenix faces some obstacles on her way to town that try to keep her…show more content…
One of the most important objects in this story is the ancient phoenix it represents so many things that Phoenix Jackson represents. Michael J. Cummings declares that “Phoenix Jackson is like the mythical bird in that she rose from ashes of the civil war to lead a long long and apparently fruitful life.” (cummingsstudyguides) The phoenix bird sacrifices itself for others which in this case Phoenix Jackson is sacrificing herself for her grandson in which he will be the next phoenix. The marble cake represents racism, when blacks and whites tried getting along together. Michael J. Cummings points out that “When a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marble-cake on it she spoke to him. That would be acceptable. But when she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air.” (cummingsstudyguides) the marble cake is like when the hunter and herself met just like in her dream but did not exactly get along because just like the marble cake they were not quite there yet. The buzzard and scarecrow both represent death but Vallejo 6 according to 123helpme Editors “The job of the scarecrow is to scare away the black crows, which also symbolize death, phoenix Jackson dances with the scarecrow, as if they are celebrating the departure of death.
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