October 8, 2012
Symbolism of the Journey 2
Symbolism of the Journey
Reading a story, a poem, or a play introduces you to an imaginary world. You are drawn away from a living, breathing world into one that was created in the mind of the author. "Reading creates imaginary experiences. It connects you to new experience that become meaningful when you allow them to influence our thoughts and feeling" (R.W. Clugston 2010 Ch.1). The purpose of this paper is to describe the comparison and contrast contents of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost (1916) and "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty (1941) in style and form of elements that these two authors used to make their work excellent and for the readers to understand their different viewpoint. Both writer focus on one particular theme that is" Journey". Both literatures have presented particular journey through which life can change. Out of many things in these two literatures there is one thing in common, no matter what journey person takes there is a lot of hurdles and hardship standing in their way to deter them. Both literatures have different point of view, characters and symbolism but the theme of the two literatures are the same.
In "The Road Not Taken" The narrator has come to a fork in a road in the woods. It's fall, and the leaves are changing colors. He's uncertain which way to go, and desires to go both ways. He stares down one road as far as he can see, but then he decides to take the other road'. He thinks the path he decides to take is not quite as worn as the other one, but really, the paths are about the same, and the fallen leaves on both look pretty fresh.
In "A Worn Path" Phoenix Jackson is "an old Negro woman" who continues forward over barriers that would not even be considered a hindrance for the young. This is a journey which she has taken before, and now "the time come around" she must travel it again. She begins her journey to town on "a bright frozen day in the early morning" in December. Phoenix Jackson is "very old and small ", and walks like the "pendulum in a grandfather clock" ever so carefully with her "thin, small cane made from an umbrella"( Clugston, R. W. (2010).
but you want to focus in on the content, form and style and compare how they are the same and how they are different in each of these stories and how do the two stories fall under that common overall theme?