A Worn Path


Write a well developed essay using evidence from the text to support your assertions (one direct quote per body paragraph). Be sure to allow time to proofread. Choose only one question from the list below. Length – 3 to 4 typed pages, double-spaced, Courier new 12 point font, MLA format.

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1)         Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”

Discuss important symbols in this story and explain what they represent. Provide specific examples from the text in your analysis.

2)         Flannery O’Connor — “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Discuss the significance of the title in this story. How does the author’s choice of title add to a more in depth understanding of the underlying theme of dysfunctional family issues in the work? Use concrete examples from the text to support your views.

3)         Sherwood Anderson — “Hands”

Discuss the author’s use of religious imagery in the story. Be sure to provide examples from the text to support your assertions.

4)         William Faulkner — “A Rose for Emily”

Discuss color imagery in the story. How does the author’s use of color imagery

            lead to a more in depth understanding of the underlying themes in the work?

Use concrete examples from the text to support your views.

5)         Authors choose specific tones in their works to support their underlying literary

themes or claims. Choose two of the four works listed above and write a comparison/contrast essay in which you discuss the tone each author has chosen. How does the tone function in these works? Does the tone lead the reader to a greater understanding of the literary aspects being presented? You may choose to end your analysis with a discussion of whether the authors use tone effectively.  —

“We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”


                                          Question 1

The use of symbols is a key element in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” because various things implemented in Phoenix Jackson’s journey to Natchez help the reader better understand and comprehend why Jackson takes this endeavor the story’s themes. With the help of symbolism, the reader can view what kind of a character Jackson is and the purpose of her journey. There are various challenges and obstacles along the “worn path” that Jackson faces, and this paper will discuss some objects within this journey that leads us into a deeper meaning of the story.

One of the symbols used in this story is the “worn path” itself.  The story is viewed as a journey, and the path symbolizes Jackson’s everyday life as a poor, old, African American woman. Along the path, Jackson travels over various surfaces such as sidewalks and sand, and she encounters numerous obstacles along the way like stream crossing, thorns, a lone dog, and a hunter who tries to scare her. Jackson also understands that the path is not smooth, and she knows the difficulty of her journey. For instance, she says, “Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals! . . . Keep out from under these feet, little bobwhites” meaning she knows that her path to getting medicine for her grandson is worn. The obstacles and challenges faced in the journey show that Jackson’s everyday life is not easy but full of constant difficulties; thus, her main core value that keeps her going is perseverance……………for help with this assignment contact us via email Address: consulttutor10@gmail.com

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