Compare & Contrast

Topics: Stanza, A Worn Path, The Road Pages: 6 (2356 words) Published: October 30, 2012
Compare and Contrast

The short story that was chosen is “A Worn Path” (Welty,1941) and the Poem chose is “The Road Not Taken “(Frost). ) They both have the same theme, content, form and style. In this paper you will find that the story and the poem are alike and different in ways as for the symbolism, taking the path and facing obstacles along the way. Differences as in one an elderly lady dreams of her grandson, the other a man trying to decide what road he wants to take. Phoenix's brief encounters on her journey typify the views of many Southern whites during the era.

"A Worn Path" is told from a third-person limited point of view. This allows the reader to empathize with Phoenix, because her thoughts and actions are shown. Yet, in third-person, the reader is allowed to view Phoenix from a distance, and thereby see her as others see her. There is symbolism in Phoenix’s name also the name of a bird that rises from the ashes, the phoenix (The Bird) has become a common emblem of reincarnation, Phoenix is said to represent the sun, which dies at night and take a new birth every morning. Some traditional writers also relate it with "existing in heaven", enjoying everlasting adolescence. Amid Christians. So I think that meaning Phoenix Jackson was so strong walking every day to get her grandsons medicine, and then like the Bird is an emblem of reincarnation, maybe her grandson had passed away and she thought he was still alive. In her mind she was trying to bring him back alive. Its themes are elicited from the symbol of the journey as well as the encounters the old woman has on her journey. Critics have praised Welty's use of language, myth, and symbol in this deceptively simple story. Irony is used to show the intensity of her struggle. Just when she gets "in the clearing" and feels "safe," she sees a buzzard, a reminder of death( as cited in the text)The old Negro women had such a big heart and so much love for her grandson she walked miles to town in the winter to get medicine he needed. She is determined to go down that path despite anything that might come between her and getting the medicine for her grandson, Phoenix Jackson is the symbol of perseverance, stamina, and life in the face of hardship and death. Phoenix is small and frail. "Seem like is chains about my feet” (as cited in the text 6.3 paragraph 5) a symbol for the recent memory of slavery. We know that she is old because she is on a quest that she briefly forgets the purpose of, by the time she gets there. Her Journey was on a long worn path, that apparently she had taken many times before .During her journey Phoenix is visited several times by dreams, once by a little boy offering her a piece of marble cake, again wanting help getting up out if the ditch .The dog and the hunter showed Phoenix of more conflicts she must deal with (cited in the text line 35). The hunter rescues the old woman from her encounter with the dog, but there is discernable conflict between these two characters: the hunter is on a mission of death and the old woman is on a life-saving mission. But when she reaches her hand out there is no one there. When she was found in the ditch by a white hunter, he did help her out but he told her it was way too far of a walk and told her to “go home granny” Then he taunts her by pointing his gun at her as if she should have been scared of the “white “man. The theme there was racism. There is also a moral theme which is when the hunter dropped a nickel out of his pocket she distracts him by having him chase away the black dog. She picked up the nickel and saw a bird fly by her and thought it was God watching her. As old people do, she talks to herself along the way even to the animals and to some of the plants she comes upon. She might be old and frail but she doesn’t seem to scare easily. She wasn’t sure if the hunter saw her pick up the nickel but she knows God did. When she finally reaches town she...
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