A Worn Path By Eudora Welty Essay

817 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
The Phoenix has provided us with a striking symbol of rebirth for a very long time. Its characteristics change slightly with each new iteration, but a few things remain more or less consistent such as its beautiful appearance and its ability to consume itself with flame and be reborn in the ashes. When Eudora Welty wrote “A Worn Path” she named her main character Phoenix Jackson, and I’ve discovered several similarities between this character and her namesake. Let’s examine the various similarities and see what conclusions we can draw from them. Phoenix Jackson’s appearance is thoroughly described early in the story. She is an elderly black woman whose colorful appearance is somewhat reminiscent of the mythological Phoenix: She wore a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with a full pocket: all neat and tidy, but every time she took a step she might have fallen over her shoelaces, which dragged from her unlaced shoes. She looked straight ahead. Her eyes were blue with age. Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead, but a golden color ran underneath, and the two knobs of her cheeks were illumined by a yellow burning under the dark. Under the red rag her hair came down on her neck in the frailest of ringlets, still black, and with an odor like copper (p. 2).
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