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The Path of the Phoenix Authors try to incorporate symbols into their stories to help display the qualities of characters lifestyles or foreshadowing of things to come Symbols to any author are just another tool to explain a story a little better In Eudora Weltys tale A Worn Path symbols help draw the reader closer to the lead character Welty uses symbols like the name chosen for the lead the weather and the colors to describe the rigors she must overcome In the end the Welty makes it clear what all these symbols have led up to Welty refers back to an ancient mythical creature with the name of her character She names the lead Phoenix after a mystical bird whom would burn into flames at the end of its life and then rise again from its own ashes The name is quite significant because of the characters age and condition Phoenix Jackson is described as very old and small and she walked slowly Welty 59 It is clear that Phoenix has little time left yet she has risen once again to complete a goal Weltys choice in such a name displays the overcoming of physical and mental hardships to finish what she has set out to do An author traditionally uses the weather to describe situations or conditions the lead character may face The use of spring months displays a rebirth of the spirit or favorable conditions and the winter months mean quite the opposite Welty sets the mood with the first three words It was December59 December represents the end when the grass is dead leaves no longer hang from the limbs of the trees and old age becomes most evident Cold weather exaggerates every move a person makes from the heated breath from ones mouth to the small step that has to be taken more carefully because of ice Welty attempts to use the weather as a way of
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