The first thing I thought about after finishing the story was how routine the old woman’s trip to town was. The walk is described as a long dreaded walk through countless fields and an endless line of forest trees. In describing her routine I will point the different quotes and given situations that made me see a link to our societies circle of life. Her innocence can be seen as the representation of a child. As she walks she bends over and sips from a nearby stream she sensed, “sweet-gum makes the water taste sweet”. (A Worn Path, 1276) Here her curiosity also shows a strong relation between the child-old woman analogies.
I also thought of the use of an old African American woman, could be widely interpreted as the representation of minorities throughout society today, and then. Her encounter with the young white hunter with a leashed dog could be the representation of the majority amongst society. Another credible lead to the representation of minorities is the old woman noticing nothing but the nickel fall out of the white man’s pocket. You can clearly see th...
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In conclusion, the symbolism throughout the story was supportive with my interpretations and analogies throughout Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”. Although there are many different opinions and thoughts about the story. I felt my analysis held a strong correlation between the literally references I showed throughout my essay.
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