Finally, the sister is left alone in the post office, safe in her knowledge of who in the town is for or against her. Protesting loudly for her independence and happiness, she works her revenge by shutting her family off from the outside world. The monologue short story is somewhat of a comedy told with a natural Southern idiom flow. Her descriptive words plant vivid scenes and sounds. I also give this story two thumbs up.
He has been making the journey for fourteen years, but R. Bowman gets lost, starts getting sick, and then has an accident. The story unfolds with R.
Bowman on his way to Beulah. He decides to take back roads.
Although the roads seem unfamiliar to him, he does not want to admit he is lost. As Bowman continues on the road, he realizes he is on the edge of ravine. Bowman quickly gets his bag and simple case out of his car before it rolls over the edge. Relieved that his car fell in some grapevines, Bowman goes quickly to get help for his car, only he has to stop to rest because he can barely breath.
Bowman soon comes to a shotgun of a house. There he sees a woman cleaning a lamp. His heart begins to behave like a rocket about to fly off. After he spends part of the night with Sonny and his wife, Bowman realizes what is missing in his life—a family. It makes me feel how important family is in my life. The title describes how R. Bowman is slowly dying because he is alone. He does not know what it feels like to have a family.
In short, Welty is expressing personal feelings on the importance of a family. She faces many obstacles, yet she continues.
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After a closer examination, it became clear that the worn path represents more than a path going to town. It also represents Phoenix and yet life itself. For Phoenix overcomes memory loss and many other obstacles to achieve her journey. The story opens with Phoenix Jackson walking along the path through the pinewoods. She is carrying a thin, small cane made of an umbrella. The story then begins describing her. Phoenix Jackson first encounters several wild animals.
Her next obstacle is going up a hill. When she finally climbs the hill, her dress gets caught on a bush. After Phoenix escapes, she faces many other struggles. They include crossing a creek on a log, facing memory loss, going through a barbed-wire fence, confronting a scare crow, running from a dog, and falling into a ditch. Finally, Phoenix has an encounter with a man.
He helps her out of the ditch but also questions her journey and points a gun in her face. When Phoenix makes it to town, she forgets her purpose. After remembering what she came for, the nurse gives her the medicine. Since it is Christmas time an important point since this short story is about selfless love she gets her grandson a toy with some money she got from the man she met along the way and the nurse she got a nickel from each. I enjoyed this story very much. The setting of wintertime made Phoenix face the hardships of the weather along with all of the other struggles.
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Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays, & Memoir (Library of America) – Lioness at Large
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