“A Worn Path”
ENG 125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Andrew Stewart
July 2, 2012
Literature let it be a poem, short story, or novel has a central theme. The theme is the author's way of explaining a situation, topic, or an idea they feel strong about getting across within their writings. Usually, the title of a short story’s paints the correlates to the theme or themes of a short story. These literary elements are plot, point of view, tone, setting, character, and symbolism. I’ll be using two key literary terms that give focus to the themes of this short story. The setting and symbolism used within the story are key factors that give the ready a clear picture true journey the old African-American woman is taking on. The short story “A Worn Path” written by Eudora Welty (1941) uses key literary elements within the short story that contribute to the theme of the story. The starts with elderly African-American woman named Phoenix Jackson one cold December morning making her journey to the through the woods towards town. Her mission is to get medicine for her sick grandson, but along her way she encounters dog, hunter, and nurse. Basically, the setting is the place, time, or location of the events taken place, in the short story. Further from the true is that the setting is way more that the time the events take place, but it determines the characters actions. Also, the setting place the reader within the period and even influences the mood of the story. Finally, the setting provides historical and cultural relation of the characters in the story. “It was December—a bright frozen day in
the early morning. Far out in the country
there was an old Negro woman with her head
tied red rag, coming along a
path through the pinewoods.”
(as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 6.3, para. 1).
Clearly the setting, in the opening, of the short story is dated before the...
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