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Phoenix Jacksons Symbolic Journey Everyday people encounter obstacles that stand in the way of their goals Phoenix in A Worn Path by Eudora Welty has a mission to accomplish but many things stand in her way When she finally makes it she has conquered her goal for that day She also has a long-term goal which is to make her grandson happy and well Her walk to town on the path symbolizes her entire life and the lives of everyone else Everyone sets goals for themselves but in the way of completing those goals stand obstacles When people realize your dream and overcome those obstacles they triumph Phoenix on this journey has many dreams obstacles and triumphs Foremost Phoenix Jackson has many dreams throughout the course of her journey The gold seal she sees is symbolic of her most important dream and represents all peoples goals It is attached to a document on the doctors door which she sees after climbing the long flight of stairs She entered a door and there she saw nailed up on the wall the document that had been stamped with the gold seal and framed in the gold frame which matched the dream hung up in her head 638 The gold seal and frame not only represent her goal but also show she is at the end of her rigorous journey The dream hung up in her head is to get the medicine needed for her grandsons health In the bigger picture people sacrifice many things each day for their loved ones and are driven by that love In addition getting the medicine was ultimately for her grandsons happiness The fact that they have no one left but each other drives her to make him happy no matter the circumstances In this excerpt Phoenix receives a nickel as charity from the nurse and she responds I going to the store and buy my child a little windmill they
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