The old woman sat down, bolt upright in the chair. Welty also uses the white hunter pointing the. The dangerous road, the dark jungles, the constant danger of being attacked by wild animals, putting her life in peril, she faced it all and reached her destination. Her chin was lowered almost to her knees. The pedestrian lady and the clinic attendant call her grandma. A physician of the day, Chevalier Jackson, fought congress to pass a law making lye manufacturers print a warning label on their product. Some husks blew down and whirled in streamers about her skirts.
She expresses herself, both to her surroundings and in short spurts of spoken monologue, warning away animals and expressing the pain she feels in her weary bones. Is God watching the hunter as he threatens and lies, too? A lot like life really. In the story, Phoenix is a very old woman who needed to go to town to get medicine for her sick grandson. Essential Question: What is this author saying when she does not really say it? Like a good gig for Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson? Her last line explains why she collects the two nickels; she wants to buy her grandson a pinwheel for Christmas. Love is a very powerful and compelling feeling. Have the class imagine the scenes Welty describes, and then show the pictures. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Book Award, National Medal of Arts, and is a member of the French Legion of Honor, among many other awards.
Was she looking back on her own life through the eyes of Phoenix? One can take what is told as being true or one can question the validity of what we are told. But when she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air. How does each help you to see into her character? Don't let none of those come running my direction. When she is resting, a little boy approaches her with a piece of cake, but when she reaches for it, there's no one there, a sign that she is perhaps hallucinating. Some of these are real; others are daydreams, memories, or tricks of the eye.
Taken from her A Curtain of Green and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Welty may be using the setting of the story to explore the theme of struggle. When she reaches the bottom of the hill, she is forced to make her way over a creek by inching across a fallen long. What will her grandson do when she passes? The fact that it is around Christmas is also significant. She remembers, forgets, suffers and sins. One can take what is told as being true or one can question the validity of what we are told.
The path gives way to town, which is decorated for Christmas and filled with people bustling by Phoenix as they go about their business. A Worn Path is about Old Phoenix a mythological bird. Stopping a woman coming towards her, arms laden with gifts, Phoenix asks whether the kind lady would tie her shoe laces for her, since she is too old to do it herself. Then she gave a tap with her cane on the floor. Phoenix is an apporpriate name for the region as well as symbolic of her life-giving mission. When she answers that she is headed into town, he makes a racist comment about what he assumes to know about black people. But before she got to the bottom of the hill a bush caught her dress.
You see one about a hero on an epic hero facing grueling terrain, battling a ghost, staring down the barrel of a gun, and army-crawling under barbed-wire fence. The student will apply strategies and skills to comprehend, respond to, interpret, or evaluate a variety of texts of increasing length, difficulty, and complexity. Now by all means the Phoenix is a typical elder woman, but has a bit of youthful spunk in her, giving her an edge on her senior peers. Many of the slaves imported to the cotton belt were marched down the Natchez Trace from the eastern plantations. His assumption that black folks will do anything to see Santa Claus is also a reference to the mindset of white people towards black people at that time.
When she gets to the doctor's, we find out that she is collecting medicine for her young grandson who has swallowed lye at least three years ago, and whose throat has never been the same since, swelling occasionally so that he cannot swallow. The Natchez Trace is an ancient trail that served as a main artery for commerce, war, exploration, mail, lawlessness, and westward expansion. I remembers so plain now. Objective s Enduring Understanding: Authors do not always say what they mean and may use literary devices such as allegory, metaphor, simile, and allusions to add depth to their stories. Gale and Design® and Thomson Learning are trademarks used herein under license.
Old eyes thought you was a pretty little green bush. Phoenix does not respond until the nurse asks whether her grandson is dead; that's when she suddenly comes back to the present. Big dead trees, like black men with one arm, were standing in the purple stalks of the withered cotton field. The short story captures the poverty and racial inequality that persisted after the Civil War. There is still some type of physical evidence taking place, but just not in such depth. There were red and green electric lights strung and crisscrossed everywhere, and all turned on in the daytime. He sets his own dog off to attack the black dog, and he points his gun directly at Phoenix, which he thinks is really funny.