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A Rose for Emily Vs. A Worn Path

In the pages of the short stories, “A Worn Path” and “A Rose for Emily” we are able to see a similar side and connection between the two. As we look at the theme, tone, and morals we are able to better grasp the conflict in these two stories, while detecting whether the two protagonists, Miss Emily and Phoenix Jackson are psychologically splintered.
The main moral in “A Worn Path” is the love, and life of Phoenix Jackson. “Though quite old and suffering from infirmities, Phoenix Jackson regularly walks a long distance to obtain medicine for her grandchild. Even in cold weather, when the frozen earth is slippery, she makes the trip. Her journey—the worn path she follows.” (Welty ) The path she travels …show more content…

The same goes for Phoenix, maybe if the story was told in a first person point of view we would know if they are crazy or sane, because we could get into their mind and tell what it is they were thinking. “Early on a cold December morning, an old Negro woman taps along with her cane on a path through a pine forest.” (Welty ) For instance, we don 't know what Phoenix was thinking as she walked down the path, in the cold, as she journeyed to reach the town just for that medicine. For Emily we could tell clearly if she was insane when she killed the man in her house by her thoughts and emotions. “So the next day we all said, "She will kill herself"; and we said it would be the best thing.” (Faulkner ) In that statement even the people of the town felt something even worse was wrong with her and that the only and best solution would be to kill her own self. The conflict in “A Worn Path” is the battle between not only human vs. human but also human vs. nature. The battle of human vs. human lives in the mind of Phoenix but we have little insight of that because of how the story is told in a third person not her mind. The next is human vs. nature because of the trials Phoenix has on the trail with the bumps, rocks, ditches, hunters, dogs, and etcetera.
As a result in these two stories “A Worn Path” and “A Rose for Emily” we see the similarities that linger in the mind of humans and the way they act to the observing eye. There are several things that are the

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