A Worn Path
You Can?t Trick Me
Death is always lurking around us. Nobody really knows when death will come knocking at his or her door. In her short story, ?A Worn Path,? Eudora Welty uses many different symbols that convey an underlying meaning that death is lurking around every corner and around every bend in the road. Some of these symbols include the title itself, ?A Worn Path,? the rustling in the bushes, Phoenix Jackson?s dress catching in the bush, and the scarecrow and the black dog. All of these symbols represent death in one way or another.
The first symbol is the title of the story and how it brings Phoenix Jackson to her journey of ?A Worn Path.? This path is familiar to Phoenix, for she has traveled down it her entire life. As Phoenix starts her long journey through the deep ominous woods, she knows anything could happen if she is not careful. With her ears and senses alert, she makes slow but steady steps into the woods. Phoenix hears rustling in the bushes as she makes her way along the path. Phoenix does not see anything, but she thinks the wild animals might try to get her,
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