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PATH TO HOPE Path to Hope and Perseverance Harold Jackson, Jr. ENG 125 Trinity Wilborn January 17, 2011 1
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PATH TO HOPE "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty is a short story that contains many themes and narrative elements. I’ve chosen to analyze the main character and symbolism. These were distinctly shown and culminated to exhibit a woman full of perseverance and hope. In the beginning, one can't help but note the symbolism of the main character's name, Phoenix, also the name of the mythological bird that rises from the ashes. Phoenix Jackson is an old woman. The reader doesn't know exactly how old, but we can imagine that she is small and frail -- when a black dog comes out of the bushes and rushes her, she isn't ready for it and she "only hit him a little with her cane" but this is enough to topple her over, into a ditch, where she is unable to get up without help. She can barely negotiate the path, the hills: "Seem like there is chains about my feet, time I get this far. The chains are a symbolic reference to slavery.
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This note was uploaded on 11/26/2011 for the course MGT 380 380 taught by Professor Lent during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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