I chose these stories because they both consist of strong symbolic references to life. Her major role in the story is to show society's common outlook on African American and to perform her job at the clinic. The Journey of Life As I began to read this short story about a painful and tedious trek an aged grandmother endures she has made for the last three or four years to the city with one intention in mind, to get a medicine for her chronically ill grandson. The journey Phoenix takes to get the medicine represents how the ancestors of African American's overcame many obstacles to create new opportunities for the future. Through her usage of dialogue and symbolism, Welty illustrates the lasting concept that people conquer hardships in life and ultimately prevail. Determination was a key factor to her success down the path but I think that was on her side and it helped her through.
Along the way she encounters physical challenges, obstacles and encounters danger. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. Throughout her walk on the worn path she is met by harsh weather, distance, obstacles, and people. They not only get translated into film Ghost World , but make it onto the walls of museums Chris Ware at the Whitney Biennial. The student will express, communicate, evaluate, or exchange ideas effectively.
Does this mean the nurse at the clinic was African-American? The Nickel- Symbolizes her unselfishness The Windmill- Symbolizes the circle of life, life goes on. This could be suggestive of an obstacle or deterrent that any person could face. Read specifically for imagery, what pictures does Welty draw? In Phoenix's case, it would be her life. Go over the following questions with the class, asking students to make lists of the various story elements as they discuss them. After some introduction to the craft of constructing graphic stories, this lesson will help students to identify important aspects of character, setting, and plot through visual representations of each. Comparison of the shadows to curtains He wear a little patch-quilt and peep out, holding his mouth open like a little bird.
Point of View: Eudora Welty presents the story in third-person point of view. The story itself is quite simple but the way Welty uses metaphors and irony is how the psychological connection comes into play. Not only does Phoenix of A Worn Path represent struggle but how we overcome this struggle to achieve a sense of achievement or a goal. In her later years she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor. A journey, fueled by relentlessness love and sacrifice leads a fiery woman to face trials of danger and oppression in order to protect her purpose. You may want to review those terms with the class before continuing with the activity.
Additional Resources See an interview with the author here: More Resources: Vocabulary metaphor, simile, allusion, allegory, pullets, Natchez Trace, phoenix, myth, lye, commemorate, loess soil. The author describes Phoenix walking slowly in the dark pine shadows with a makeshift cane to aid her, indicative of her rough journey ahead. The resolution is Phoenix setting off for the journey home, with the reader knowing she will repeat these actions again despite her own frail health. Society- The Hunter, the nurse, and the attendant all judge Phoenix about her age and her physical appearance. Does this mean the nurse at the clinic was African-American? The Natchez Trace is an ancient trail that served as a main artery for commerce, war, exploration, mail, lawlessness, and westward expansion.
She was able to endure hardships and stay focused. She also stumbled upon a scarecrow that scared her. She reveals the thoughts of the main character, Phoenix Jackson, in dialogue in which Phoenix talks to herself. Written by Timothy Sexton The Path The path that Phoenix must travel across is the central metaphor of the story and it has multiple representations. The job required her to write newspaper articles and photograph the rural life of Mississippi. The resolution shows the end of the story and the way things wrap up for the characters. The name Phoenix is symbolic of a bird that died and resurrected.
It is possible that Welty named Phoenix Jackson after this man. While the logical assumption is that the birds are around in this story to underscore how Phoenix has managed to take flight from the ugly and difficult circumstances into which she was born and fly high with her dignity intact, their presence is a bit more complex. This quote also represents how blacks did not have many more freedoms and rights than they had during slavery. The story, however, takes place in 1941, when Jim Crow laws were fully in effect in the Deep South. The path the main character, Phoenix, follows to the city and what she endures through her journey shows what kind of person Phoenix is and the true qualities of her character.
What details in those changes stand out for you? Essential Question: What is this author saying when she does not really say it? She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Book Award, National Medal of Arts, and is a member of the French Legion of Honor, among many other awards. Racial Division- Phoenix faces peoples biased attitudes and opinions along the worn path she encompasses. She worries about animals she might encounter in her path and the hot sun beating upon her. The townspeople treating Phoenix like she is inferior represents how most white people were rude and thought less of African Americans during the 1940's. The legend of the Phoenix is about a fabled sacred bird of ancient Egyptians. Read specifically for imagery, what pictures does Welty draw? The clinic is two stories high; the first floor is for whites only and the upper level blacks. It is inferred that Phoenix Jackson was emancipated by the civil war, settled near the Natchez Trace and uses it, as many did, as a country road to get to 'town,' in this case Natchez.
Phoenix finally realizes where she is and the reason she has come. The Windmill The last lingering image of the story that resonates most strongly is that of the little paper windmill Phoenix is off to get as a surprise for her grandson. Welty was an American short-story writer and novelist. For example, Phoenix crossed a creek by a log. As she walks, she mutters to herself and wills herself to continue walking the path. He could have pointed his gun at her and fate would have then taken her to her grave. Hope for Future Toward the end of the short story, Phoenix speaks highly of her Grandson to the staff at the pharmacy.