Essay on A Worn Path
Phoenix’s feebleness is evident through a description given portraying her as an elderly worn out woman whose hindered walk resembled “pendulum of a grandfather’s clock”. Her weaknesses …show more content…
Phoenix’s state of mind comes to a halt upon her encounter with the young hunter. He is her opposite in every way. The hunter is a young, white male whose exuberance for the thrill of hunting and the chase of life makes him arrogant. He comes to her rescue with a thrust which Welty describes as “he lifted her up, gave her a swing in the air, and set her down,” as if flaunting his superior strength. The bigger picture on this scenario shows the discriminatory relationship between the hunter and Phoenix. She is an elderly woman who has years of life experience behind her, while he is a young lad. Despite this fact, Phoenix refers to him in a formal manner as “Sir”, while he refers to her as “Granny”. This displays the controversial attempts of segregating and setting the places for the races of those times.
At times of prejudice societies, Phoenix’s crime of taking the nickel would not be justified by her poverty. She posed a great danger to herself when she ceased this opportunity. Although Phoenix felt that her actions would be excused by her necessity for her grandson’s well-being, she believed that even if the hunter would not punish her, God will. Since she is a God-fearing woman, she realized that she has broken one of