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A Look Within A Look Within Shelby Goodwin January 13, 2012 Professor Amy Hartmann ENG 125 The short story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty shares a lot of similarities and differences with the poem written by Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”. Both are about people who go off on their own and get done what needs to be done. At the same time the short story is about a grandmother’s journey to get her grandson his medication, whereas the poem is about the path that the poet chose to take and his regard for not wanting to follow rules that were given by the university. Yet both regardless of the length make the reader feel as if they are there
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A Look Within with the writer. The poem and the short story send the readers not only on a path or road but on a journey with the authors. Exploring some insight to the poem and short story will help to determine the similarities and differences. The short story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty is about a grandmother's journey into town during Christmas time in order to get medication for her grandson. The story takes you on the grandmother’s obstacles, and it uses symbolism to portray her life. The symbolism she uses when she speaks of getting to the top of the hill "seems like there's chains about my feet, time I get this far" speaks of the time and slavery, and how she felt at that time. (Welty ) The hunter in the story tries to intimidate Phoenix the grandmother in the story. The hunter tells Phoenix "well that's too far! That's as far as I walk when I come out myself, and get something for my trouble" then the hunter proceeds to say "now you go on home, Granny!". (Clugston, 2010)Phoenix shows she is not afraid, she looks of the dog as if almost amused and speaks "look! Look at that dog!" "He ain't scared of nobody. Heat a big black dog." (Clugston, 2010) This is how Phoenix is telling the hunter that she is not scared of anything. Phoenix is making it very clear she's been down this path before and she can handle herself. (Clugston, 2010) Phoenix is the ultimate use of symbolism in this short story. She shares the same characteristics of the fictional bird the phoenix, which rises from ashes ever 500 years. (Schrandt, 2003) Nothing is going to stop Phoenix from completing her journey into town, also speaking of her grandson holding his mouth open like a bird almost seems like she is the momma bird going home to tend to her baby bird. (Welty, )
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A Look Within When Phoenix gets to town and the lady ties for shoe, it's meant to symbolize helpfulness. Once Phoenix has reached the doctor's office the nurse speaks to her about her grandson to confirm his well-being before giving her the medication. The nurse speaks to her and more of the "charity case" then as a normal patient. The nurse even offered to give her some pennies, because it was Christmas time. (Welty, 2007) All of the people Phoenix came into contact with on her journey had a part in a meaning to the story in one way or another. She was so tired from her journey into town that I left her days for moment, and confused about the reason she'd come into town. When the nurse asks
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