A Worn Path Analysis

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In Eudora Welty’s, “A Worn Path” symbolism of hard times and death are one of the main symbol’s used through out the short story. Symbolism can be hidden were we have to find out what it means to ourselves. Hard times and death are one of the most common in, “ A Worn Path”. “Her fingers were busy and intent, but her skirts were full and long, so that before she could pull them free in one lace they were caught in another. It was not possible to all the dress to tear. “I in the thorny bush,” she said. “ thorns, you doing your appointed work” Having such little hope the quote symbolizes even though you walk into trials and different situations she will always have God at her side to make it through. Especially in the quote, “ I in the thorny bush,” could have meant that she felt that she was in a horrible situation that she could not get over. Losing a child or grandchild is a situation that no one would ever want to experience. I have trouble knowing that my brother lost his child, and I have no clue how Phoenix or my brother would feel. She was losing a grandchild that meant the world to her, and she was trying to always do what was best for her and the grandchild, even though it meant that she was going to go through the valley of the deep. In the quote it says, “thorns, you are doing your appointed work”. Phoenix knew she was in the right place at the right time. The thorns in life are meant to keep us on the right track in life, but to also put us through the hard times so we know what God has called us to do in the life he gave us. Knowing that Phoenix would do anything for her grandson theirs also more symbolism hard times and her not being afraid of death. “ Then she slowly straightened up, she stood erect, and the nickel was in her apron pocket A bird flew by.
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