The story tells us of Phoenix's journey into the woods on a cold December morning. Although we know that she is traveling through woodland, the author doesn’t ever explain the reason for this journey. During Phoenix's travels, the author describes the scene: "Deep, deep the road went down between the high green-colored banks. Overhead the live-oaks met and it was as dark as a cave" (Welty 472). The gloomy darkness that the author has created in this scene seems quite opposite to the positive outlook and determination that Phoenix Jackson has as a woman. As Phoenix begins to walk down the dark path, a black dog approaches her. As he comes toward her, Phoenix is startled and determined to... [continues]
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