She's portrayed as Carl Jung's psychological analysis of Self. This story contains a motif, which is the continuous walking of Phoenix Jackson throughout her journey. When a person possesses these two qualities they are motivated, focused, will not give up easily, determined along with many other things. The author Eudora Welty chooses Phoenix Jackson to symbolize through color, her appearance, behavior and overall journey a Phoenix bird. Even though Phoenix is at her lowest. The story tells of Phoenix slowly strolling down a threadbare road making her way to town for her ailing grandson, who needs pain killers for his throat. We don't know her birthday, her favorite food, or her favorite color.
The river in the story is viewed differently by each character. Colors are also… wild hogs out of my path. This would explain why Old Phoenix repeats the process of traveling down the same path for the same reason. She believed that place is what makes fiction seem real, because with place come customs, feelings, and associations. The fact that Phoenix is a city in Arizona doesn't have anything to do with our leading lady, but the fact that a phoenix is a mythological bird does.
I chose Phoenix Jackson because of my admiration of her strong and valuable qualities: determination and love. This short story includes these common themes she favored throughout her works. This is the job of the storyteller. Many critics have commented on the significance of the main character's name in relation to the mythology , relating to her indomitable ability to rise again and make her journey. In 1998, she became the first living author whose works were collected in a full-length anthology by the Library of America. This is evident when she hit the black dog that came to drink from the same spring where she was quenching her thirst. The theme is shown through the main character, who's name is Phoenix Jackson.
Through Phoenix's character, the story sheds light on unjust power structures and broken social institutions that oppress people like Phoenix and her grandson. But when I visited Welty at her Jackson, Mississippi, home on a bright, hot July day in 1994, I got a glimpse of the girl she used to be. Throughout the story, Phoenix exhibits signs of senility and delusions including her meeting with a scarecrow, which she initially thinks, is a man. Her senility is an implication that she will consequently not be able to make her long journey. She also received eight O. ? Moreover, Phoenix leaves the doctor's office to presume her journey again.
Craig Turner and Lee Emling Harding. Welty was definitely packing a punch when she gave us Ms. But even as she continued to make a home in the house where she had spent most of her childhood, Welty was deeply connected to the wider world. Phoenix may be an older woman, but she does not allow her age or the fact of being a colored woman make any difference to the goal she has set herself to. Since it is a winter period, the whole mountain is covered with frost, and this makes it difficult for her to cross the mountain.
Phoenix the woman has many similarities to phoenix the mighty bird. The Psychoanalytical Criticism: The Long Journey. It can be simple things that can show such emotion. Seen by critics as quality , the story comically captures family relationships. First, we could see the Old Phoenix had a long journey from her place to the town just for to take the medicine.
A Worn Path, Ageing, Death 1093 Words 3 Pages The short stories A Worn Path by Eudora Welty and Used To Live Here Once by Jean Rhys both carry the theme, symbolism of a journey. With her long dress and unlaced shoes, Phoenix Jackson the protagonist of the story lets nothing stop her on her journey in the frigid December weather. Eudora Welty: A Writer's Life. Phoenix encountered many obstacles during her journey to town and one of them was getting through the thorn bush. Phoenix is an old, frail woman who attempts to proceed on a long and treacherous journey through the woods to Natchez. Get ready for a whopper: Some people who read and study this story question whether Phoenix's grandson is alive or not.
Once he had her standing on her own two feet he had began questioning her and telling her that she needs to go back home, but she ignored what he was saying. The trek is especially difficult because of her age, and in the process of struggling on she forgets the reason for the struggle? However, she became humble in her interaction with the hunter and the nurse which is an indication of her respect towards them. The darkness was thin, like some sleazy dress that had been worn and worn for many winters and always lets the cold through to the bones. The narrator uses other senses to describe what is in the surroundings rather than just sight. She appears to see the people in her pictures as objects of affection, not abstract political points.
Welty never married or had children, but more than a decade after her death on July 23, 2001, her family of literary admirers continues to grow, and her influence on other writers endures. Her stories are often characterized by the struggle to retain identity while keeping community relationships. The Hunter The hunter encounters Phoenix after she has fallen into a ditch, the unfortunate result of an encounter with one of his dogs. Phoenix is black during a time when it is considered better to be white. A Lillie may stand for beauty of temptation.
He does not know himself, who he really. Short Fiction: A Critical Companion. Considering the extreme weather conditions during the winter time when Jackson made her journey to the city coupled with the endless obstructions she faced, it would have been easier for her to surrender and return home, but she did not. Her prose is a joy to read, especially so when she draws upon the talent she honed as a photographer and uses words, rather than film, to make pictures on a page. Because so many people have interpreted the story differently, though, we wanted to throw the dead-grandson theory into the mix, too. Phoenixes are said to be red and gold and are known for their endurance and dignity.