compare & contrast

Topics: Eudora Welty, A Worn Path, Short story Pages: 3 (1172 words) Published: November 6, 2013
A Rose for Emily Vs. A Worn Path

In the pages of the short stories, “A Worn Path” and “A Rose for Emily” we are able to see a similar side and connection between the two. As we look at the theme, tone, and morals we are able to better grasp the conflict in these two stories, while detecting whether the two protagonists, Miss Emily and Phoenix Jackson are psychologically splintered. The main moral in “A Worn Path” is the love, and life of Phoenix Jackson. “Though quite old and suffering from infirmities, Phoenix Jackson regularly walks a long distance to obtain medicine for her grandchild. Even in cold weather, when the frozen earth is slippery, she makes the trip. Her journey—the worn path she follows.” (Welty ) The path she travels across interrupts her life. Her love is the love and affection she has for her grandson. If we read the story closer then it may lead us to the conclusion that Phoenix really does not have a Grandson. Phoenix complains to the doctor that her Grandson has had a sore throat for an extremely long time. This may cause the reader to believe that she used to have a Grandson but he became so sick he died. Yet, at the same time Phoenix also shows her intellect by seeing the money fall out of the hunter's jacket from a far off distance. In “A Rose for Emily” the main moral is that some people will do anything not to be alone when they feel scared, and afraid of being left alone again. “None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such.” (Faulkner ) Miss Emily's father used to chase away all of her boyfriends or men she had feelings for. She became adapted to this life of only having her father and when he dies then she feels alone and doesn't want to ever be alone again and she has not the understanding to maintain her own boyfriend or husband. After her and Homer were together for a while, Homer decides to try and end things with her by telling her he is more interested in men which leads readers to believe he has...

Bibliography: Works Cited
Faulkner, William. "A Rose for Emily." Ed. Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X. J. Kennedy. 12th ed. N.p.: Pearson, n.d. 31-37. Print.
Welty, Eudora. "A Worn Path." Ed. Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X. J. Kennedy. 12th ed. N.p.: Pearson, n.d. 52-57. Print.
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