Essay on Symbols And Symbolism : Eudora Welty 's A Worn Path

1728 Words Apr 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Symbols are used everywhere and are used to represent certain things. We use symbols when you drive, show direction, and even when we use our cell phones. Symbols and symbolism in literature are similar. They both help the reader see something different other than what the plain text is telling you. Many authors use symbolism in their writing because it helps the reader see more of the story they are reading. For example, if an author says a character is angry, the reader cannot infer how angry that character is. When the author places symbolism such as the word red for angry then the reader can picture the character so angry that they turn the color red. Eudora Welty was an award winning author. She wrote several short stories and novels that used a lot of symbolism. There was meaning and reason to everything she wrote. A manifold of symbolic connotation can be made in Welty’s “A Worn Path”. This story was published in 1941 and was about an old black woman named Phoenix Jackson’s journey. She had to travel on foot quite a distance in order to get medicine from a doctor’s office for her very sick grandson who swallowed Iye a few years back. Along the way, Phoenix is faced with many obstacles to get to her destination. It was a cold December day and she could hardly see what was in front of her. Walking through the roughness of the woods was a struggle and running into a white hunter who threatens her with his gun shows the strength and courage Phoenix had.…

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