Symbolism in a Life Journey Eng 125

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Introduction to Literature ENG 125
Abby Forster
June 13, 2013

Symbolism in a Life Journey
In the two short stories, “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty and” I Used to Live Here Once” by Jean Rhys, Symbolism within their Journey is used to describe an experience in life. The two authors use very similar methods to tell their story as well as journeys through their life. They were both written in third person point of view, and focus on the journey of a woman. “A Worn Path” and “I Used to Live Here Once” both involve a main character, in both it is a woman, and other characters along with symbols and setting that help draw out traits of the main character and add meaning to the theme as their journey unfolds. While “I Used to Live Here Once” is about someone past death already, “A Worn Path” is similar in that Phoenix is fighting old age and death.
A motif will also describe two opposing forces; the battle between good and evil. The writing styles of Eudora Welty and Jean Rhys will be compared to one another in order to take a closer look at what methods and styles were used to convey meaning in their stories. Basic information about the two authors will also be covered in order to give some back ground to each story. The back ground of an author can give a reader an idea about what they may have been seeing, or experiencing in life when they wrote the story.
Eudora Welty was born on April 13, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi. Welty went to multiple Universities such as Mississippi College for Women and the University of Wisconsin where she studied English Literature. She also studied advertising at Columbia University in New York. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was the first living author to have her work published with the Library of America. She was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, on top of won Guggenheim Fellowships.(MDAH, 2003). Her short story, “A Worn Path” was published in 1941 and was known and



References: Clugston, R.W. (2010). Journey into literature. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu Ferber, Michael (1999). Dictionary of Literary Symbols. [ONLINE] Available at: http://site.ebrary.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/lib/ashford/docDetail.action?docID=10070397&p00=symbolism%20literature MDAH (2003). Eudora Welty House. [ONLINE] Available at: http://mdah.state.ms.us/welty/index.html

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