The Journey: Symbolism of “a Worn Path” and “the Road Not Taken” Final

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The Journey: Symbolism of “A Worn Path” and “The Road Not Taken” Expedition. Voyage. Excursion. Pilgrimage. There are many words that are used to describe the word journey but what does it really mean? Many people consider the word journey as merely a distance in which they have traveled or will eventually travel; often they fail to recognize that there can be great meaning beyond each step that is taken. Too often, people become more focused on the destination rather than the process that it takes to get them there. While focusing on destination people neglect to recognize the value of whole process that gets them there. A journey can bring forth exhilaration and excitement as well as agony and anguish. A journey always has…show more content…
The essential theme of these two literary works revolve around the symbol of journey, nevertheless, in different ways and also with different points of view. Both the short story and the poem present a particular journey through obstacles in which life can change. Although there are many things to discover in these two literary works there is one major commonality, which is no matter what journey a person takes in their life, there will be a lot of hurdles and hardship standing in their way to deter them. Both pieces of literature have different characters, symbolism, and historical context but the theme is the same. The journey depicted by Eudora Wetly in “A Worn Path” is completely different than the one depicted by Robert Frost in “The Road not Taken” in fact, the only similarities that the two literary works share is the decision of choice; a choice Phoenix Jackson has made many times in the short story of “A Worn Path.” Eudora Welty‘s “A Worn Path” is a short story told in a third-person limited point of view about an elderly, African American woman and her journey along a path she has taken many times before. Throughout the story Phoenix is involved in conflict by struggling against nature, social conditions and against her own physical
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