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Symbolism of the Journey
Christye Cagle
ENG 125
November 26, 2012
Jena Klein

Symbolism of the Journey
A symbol is something that has a literal identity but also stands for something else that is widely understood (Clugston, 2010). In A Worn Path and in I Used to Live Here Once there are many symbols found. The theme in each story is about the journey each lady takes. While each of the stories display similar themes each of them show a particular journey through which life can change. Each of the two literatures has one thing in common, no matter what their journey is there are hurdles and hardships that stand in the way. Each of the stories has different characters, symbolism, and historical context although the themes of both literatures are the same. Each of the authors from the literatures displays their point of view about the journey in their work. There are different ways to define the themes of the journey. There are different ways to interpret each person’s journey. Eudora Welty and Jean Rhys display their point of view about the journey in their work. Each author has defined the journey in a different prospective through different themes of journey in their work. They have to select one path and once the decision is taken then it’s almost impossible to retrace steps. People end becoming what they are due to their choices they have made earlier (Tishcler, 2007). As a result it is very important to make the right choices at the right time. Choices should be made by people on what they want rather than the majorities have done on the same thing. In A Worn Path, a short story by Eudora Welty. Phoenix Jackson travels the long path between her home and the doctor’s office in town. The reason behind the long trek is because Phoenix’s grandson accidently swallowed some lye several years back and ever since it causes his throat to swell. Along the way to town Phoenix goes through a series of barriers, threats, and mazes that challenges...
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