The Theme of “A Worn Path”

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The Theme of “A Worn Path” Charlotte Schroeder Ashford University 03/04/2013 ENG 125 Instructor Abby Forster In the short story “A Worn Path”, the author Eudora Welty, created a strong theme of undying love with an old woman and her grandson. The main character in this story is called Phoenix; she is an old woman that is narrated from the author trying to make a long journey down a worn path to bring her sick grandson medicine. She will not let anything get in her way from completing her mission and will not give up even though she is not a young puppy anymore. She is the last living relative to her young grandson and she keeps strong to fulfill his needs and keep him happy. The author uses great symbolism…show more content…
The hunter helps her out of a ditch that she has fallen in, however irony is used since he puts a gun in her face that also resembles racism. She compares her bones to weeds springy enough not to have been broken by the fall into the ditch. The hunter speaks down to her since he thinks she is a crazy old black woman trying to go see Santa Clause for presents. She finds a nickel in her pocket, “God watching me the whole time. I come to stealing,” she knows that she must keep going with god’s help. However, she does not let this get her down since religion played a big role in her life and she has encountered much worse. Next, the author tells how Phoenix is feeling, “Seem like there is chains about my feet, time I get this far”, this symbolizes chains are like a struggle for her. (Cited in Clugston, 2010, “A Worn Path” para. 10) She is faced with buzzards that symbolize death for her and oak trees that symbolize strength and wisdom since she was strong with life still. “She passed through the old cotton and went into a field of dead corn”, this showed how devoted her love was to pass through death defying places. (Cited in Clugston, 2010) Also, when she drank water, “In a ravine she went where a spring was silently flowing through a hollow log. Old Phoenix bent back and drank”, it symbolized a source of life and regeneration. (Cited in Clugston, 2010, “A Worn Path” para.
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