Symbolism In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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A Worn Path Critics think short-story form was Eudora Welty's finest work. One in

particular called, "A Worn Path," a story of a sympathetic, courageous old African

American woman follows a rugged path for many miles in the country. On her

Journey, she demonstrates great determination, faces her fears (including having a

young man point a gun in her face) to overcome obstacles to get to a medical clinic

and retrieve medication for her ill grandson. To better understand, "A Worn Path."

it helps a great ordeal to analyze literary elements: Theme, Setting, and Symbolism.

The Theme of "A Worn Path." is a good woman will do her duty and fulfill her

obligation's in life to care for her grandson. When Grandma Phoenix
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The idea of self-sacrifice for a

loved one is tied to grandma Phoenix's journey and purpose. Grandma Phoenix

states to the nurse, " No, missy, he not dead, he just the same. Every little while his

throat begin to close up again, and he not able to swallow. He not get his breath. He

not able to help himself. So the time come around, and I go on another trip for the

soothing medicine. We is the only two left in the world." Welty's "A worn Path"

indifferent social forces acting on one individual (grandma Phoenix), the Path

grandma Phoenix takes represents her life experiences and existence. The

significance is every man for themselves in this short story. The path is the symbol

of this story, its grandma Phoenix who must suffer walking a long deceiving path to

keep her grandson alive.

"A Worn Path" is about the unconscious heroism, the brevity of a woman.

Grandma Phoenix's, powerful desire to get her grandson's medication and

describing her long destination. Which was difficult but extremely courageous as

stated in the theme of the story. As well as stated in the symbolism it seemed social

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forces such as black and white took a toll on how grandma Phoenix was

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