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A Worn Path By Eudora Welty And Breakfast Of Champions By Kurt Vonnegut

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As Kurt Vonnegut states in Breakfast of Champions, “Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes,” show that without symbols stories and even life is boring and not beautiful (. Everything need symbolic connections in order to become deep and beautiful. Eudora Welty’s short story “A Worn Path” show how greatly symbols help make stories become very beautiful and symbolic to a person. In “A Worn Path” an elderly women, Phoenix Jackson, is making a trip to town to get medicine for her grandson. All of the symbols in Welty story all help grow and turn “A Worn Path” into a beautifully written story. Eudora Welty’s short story, “A Worn Path” uses symbolism to show the true meaning of the main characters, Phoenix Jackson, need for the journey; as well as show the true meaning of Phoenix’s name.
According to the Webster Dictionary symbolism is the use of symbols to express or represent ideas or qualities in literature. Symbolism is used in almost every written work of art and by almost every writer. With the help of symbolism the authors are able to put pictures into the readers head and also help the readers make their own connections to the stories. In fact what one symbol means to the author could mean something totally different to the reader. So through symbolism the reader is able to make the authors story into their “own” story. Eudora Welty used symbolism through the connections to Phoenix Jackson along with the trip she takes. Welty connects Phoenix to the well known Egyptian mythology of the phoenix. She also connects the path taken by Phoenix as a path needed to keep Phoenix alive. Another symbolic reference in “A Worn Path” is all the connections to Phoenix’s death. So symbolism is very important in helping stories grow along with connect the story to the reader.
It is believed that the well known Egyptian mythical creature, the phoenix, is connected to Welty’s character in “A Worn Path”, Phoenix Jackson. “A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends)." (Phoenix (mythology)). The phoenix is known for its rebirth. Phoenix are known to live anywhere from 500 to 1000 years. Towards the end of its life-cycle, the bird will build a nest of twigs and then everything will light on fire. The phoenix will burn to ashes, but then a new baby phoenix or egg will come from the ashes. “The Phoenix's ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is immortal, though in some stories the new Phoenix is merely the offspring of the older one.” (Phoenix (mythology)) Not only is Phoenix Jackson, in “A Worn Path’s", name similar to the mythical bird, the phoenix, but there is also many more connections to this mythological creature in the way it is reburn and its looks. In the begging of “A Worn Path” Phoenix is described “An old Negro woman with her head tied red rag,” which is a slight connection to how the bird...

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