Instructor: Jennifer Thompson
January 28, 2013
Two Diverse Forms of Genres in Literature can be Comparable
Stories and poems are small bits of literature that are unique from other forms of writing. They are constructed differently as the writers message is conveyed exclusively through the imagination of the author’s creative style, setting and rhythm for the delivery narrative. This creative imagination gives the reader the opportunity to visualize and connect to the literatures symbolization and descriptive language. “The Road Not Taken” and “A Worn Path” are very different genres and writing styles but are comparable with the same theme. The theme in both of these literary works shows symbolism of the Journey and advocate that our choices made along the path of life changes our destination and our destiny that makes us who we are today. The short story A Worn Path by Eudora Welty’s is written in a third person to convey the message in this story, more defined as limited omniscient. Our text states that this is being told through a narrator outside the story who is all-knowing, and conveys the inner thoughts and feelings of just one of the characters (Clugston, 2010). The routine pattern of the word “she” is indicates to the reader that is information they are receiving is second hand from the character. This point of view connects the reader to the main character who is Phoenix. The character in this short story is an elderly feeble African American woman with a diminishing mind and frail body structure that is determined to make her destination. This third person point of view shows the characters inner and outer dialog that brings important information for the reader connection, sensitivity and knowledge of how tough and determined she was. The creative style allows the reader imagination of how the women looked. As the short story reads “She wore a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with a full pocket…” (cited in Clugston, 2010). These are details that poems do not usually have time to embellish. Additionally showing the women’s mental state in the story as Phoenix Jackson makes it to the bottom of the hill a bush caught her dress. the poem reads she said. "Thorns, you doing your appointed work. Never want to let folks pass, no sir. Old eyes thought you was a pretty little green bush." (cited in Clugston, 2010). This point out to the reader sympathy to her struggles that this elderly woman is alone and makes conversations to everything around her as her journey continues to become a challenge. In the title “Worn Path” reveals the idea that this is a trip that she has taken many times. Additionally “A Worn Path” can be symbolic for pilgrimages as it is a synonym of the word journey and the hardships that the pilgrims encountered in their travels as did she. The protagonist in this story is a frail old woman named Phoenix Jackson. Although Eudora Welty never states the characters age we know by her struggles to maneuver the hills and through the heavy bush in the path that she is getting on in years. The protagonist name in this short story is very fitting to the character as Phoenix is a name of the mythological bird that rises from the ashes (Clugston, 2010).
When the old woman falls and can’t get up and a hunter help her up but with a disrespectful patronizing tone he belittles the old black woman’s quest. In the poem, “A Worn Path”, it reads “laughing, "I know you old colored people! Wouldn't miss going to town to see Santa Claus!" then taunts her with his gun (cited in Clugston, 2010, section 6.3, para 2). This theme is racism. However he soon finds her strong-willed and does not scares easy. There is a religious moral theme that is prevalent as Phoenix sees a nickel fall from the hunter’s pocket. She picks it up and puts in her pocket but immediately...