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sion, one incident shows the roundness of her character as she picks up the nickel that slides from the Hunter’s pocket, “God watching me the whole time. I come to stealing” (Welty, 3) This god fearing nature is also typical of her age and racial background who had none but God to trust their fate upon and hence needs to fear them at times. The sole aim of her life is to save her grandson and for that reason she even opts for stealing but her realization that of the commission of her guilt is unmistakable.
Other characters of the story are also of round type. The hunter, for instance, initially appears to be harsh but when he sees that the old woman does not fear death, softens his tone and admires her courage. The nurse and the attendant though both of them spoke initially with the old woman in a harsh note but finally sympathize with her. These ups and downs are signs of a normal human nature. As these traits have reflected from the approach of all these characters, thus, neither of those can be classified as flat characters.
The main aim of literature is to reflect different dimension of life and due to the roundness of characters, the story has become a real depiction of life. The treatment of a poor, racially inferior old woman normally initializes with a poor welcome. The disadvantage of old age, economic backwardness and also racial inferiority has been reflected here. However the author does not forget to bring out the courage, typical of a black woman through the other characters’ behavior after knowing her. All the characters she meets later become kind towards her. However the woman indulges in the act o stealth but earns the readers sympathy when they know her cause.
Though is determined to save the life of her grandson yet she remembers her self-dignity. Thus, during the time of picking up the nickel she feels the bite of her conscience. Later on, at the doctor’s chamber in the town, when the attendant offers her to
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With dementia disturbing her mind, she had episodes of dream-like periods and forgetfulness which could have endangered her life. Moreover, her travel was made more difficult by the fact that she was already old and has difficulty moving. For instance, when she laid down to rest, she would not have been able to get up and continue with her errand if a hunter did not pass by, who helped her get up on her feet.
This essay will argue although A Worn Path is a work of fiction, the issues raised in it are pressing realities in contemporary American life. (Background) One prominent theme in the story is the perseverance of Old Phoenix in crossing so many hurdles on her way to the town hospital.
Then, she comes across with a boy, whom she considers bringing a plate with a slice of marble-cake on it. As soon as she tries to take that slice of marble-cake, it disappears and she sees her own hand instead of the slice of marble cake. After that event, she moves ahead to the field of dead corn, where she considers that something skinny, tall moving across the field.
Sexism on the other hand is another story of similar case, parallel to the aforementioned problem in controversy and passion spent for its fighting. A lot of literary works have been published in the past that expressed different thoughts and some have been rough, attacking mostly the colored people or the Blacks and women yet the events discussed in the literary pieces expose the truths observed in this matter.
Welty and Frost both put forth their divergent perspectives by the use of different themes of the journey in their work. In the poem “The Road Not Taken,” Frost masterly makes a depiction of how choice at the present has a huge impact in future.
"A Worn Path" is finally a simple story, though. The authors’ short tale of an old woman's journey to get medicine for her grandson is valuable simply as that and the starkness of its simplicity often lay undervalued.
As Phoenix Jackson sets off on her journey through the woods to get her ailing grandson medicine, there is a long list of obstacles that she must overcome on her way. The readers learn uttermost love and devotion of Phoenix Jackson for her grandson through her actions.
In the story, it is revealed that the sick grandson had been in such state for three years and that they only had each other to cling for help. Reading passively, the story seems to be just a narration