A Worn Path - Essay

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Both charters Phoenix Jackson from “A Worn Path” and Emily Grierson from “A Rose For Emily” possess what critic Veronica Makowsky refers to as “burden of the Southern past.” Both are older women, not able to keep up with the rapid changes the world. Because of this, they both become isolated consequently leading to being treated differently by others, a prominent similarity between the two.

Both Emily and Phoenix are removed from society because of their antebellum ways.

“Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods.”

use phrasing such as “Old Phoenix”

page 4. lady ties her shoe for her “she put her packages down on the sidewalk beside her and laced and tied both shoes tightly.” --charity, people treat them special, bc like a monument

“The nurse was trying to hush her now..she brought her a bottle of medicine.”

“Could I give you a few pennies out of my purse?”

“..The men through a sort of respectful affection for a follow monument..”

“See Colonel Sartoris, I have no taxes in Jefferson.”

“That was when people had begun to feel really sorry for her.” “Poor Emily”

“Then some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people.” =expectations of her being high, from a different era.

topics: isolation, charity,

how bc of “burden of the southern past” have isolated themselves, making people treat them differently, charity cases.

isolated= belittled= condescending
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