Her world revolves around her home, her grandson, and the rural life of Natchez, Mississippi. Her sense of responsibility dominates her personality, overcoming her encroaching senility, her poor eyesight, and her difficulty in walking. Hundreds of infected black men were denied treatment in order to study the effects of the disease over time. Phoenix rose carefully and held out her hand. But then the nurse came in. This autobiography of sorts is a more recent publication by Welty.
He then lies about not having any money — his lost nickel proves that he did at least have that. Phoenix Jackson, the main character of the story, is an elderly African-American woman on a quest to procure medicine for her grandson. Old eyes thought you was a pretty little green bush. He helps her up, demonstrating his willingness to assist a person in need. Sewanee Review, 71 Clugston, R. All of these social factors are eroding her mind.
Approach: I often use this as the first reading for a new session. It reflects not just on the motive for choosing but on the nature of choice making. The most obvious example is the name Phoenix from the mythological Egyptian bird, symbol of immortality and resurrection, which dies so that a new Phoenix may emerge from its ashes. Not just any literary point of view, either, but the one that probably is the most difficult for readers to identify. This trip through nature is not going to be just any sort of walk; the natural world wants to tell this woman something on this day. Phoenix feels guilty when she picks up the nickel that falls from the pocket of the white hunter.
Note how she feels free to commune with nature, and how she is grateful to God for whatever small blessings are afforded her. And even the same reader will never read the same story the same way twice due to things that may have changed in his or her life. Lifting her skirt, leveling her cane fiercely before her like a festival figure in some parade, she began to march across. Old Phoenix did not speak. Most tobacco and cotton plantations—two of the primary industries of the South at the turn of the century—were owned by wealthy whites who allowed the blacks to work for diem in return for an overpriced room and board of meagre proportions.
There are various organizations that help people who are over the age of sixty-five. Somewhat further on, she must pass through a barbed wire fence, and she is again careful about her dress. A pleasure I don't see no two-headed snake coming around that tree, where it come once. So the time come around, and I go on another trip for the soothing-medicine. Phoenix Jackson encounters many adversities along her journey, but somehow manages to get through them. In mythology, the phoenix is characterized as being a protector.
She climbed hills, crossed streams, crawled under barbed-wire fences, she faced dangers while out in the wilderness and a hunter who threatens her life with a gun. These obstacles underscore how deeply she cares and sacrifices for her grandson. Despite the many obstacles that arise and Phoenix is faced with, she strives forward depending on her own perseverance, but willing to sacrifice her health throughout the long journey. In her mind she was trying to bring him back alive. In her fiction, Welty merges the everyday with the universal, and readers have been able to enter her world and feel at home.
As we read, it appears to be about a long journey the woman has made throughout the entire story, but by carefully examining the theme, it tells us that there is a greater message than just a long trek. His innocence is protected by the caring and love his grandmother provides. Welty takes the reader into the mind of her powerfully conceived central figure, Phoenix, in a way that allows the reader to fully inhabit the mind of this person at certain time and place in which what is real and what is only imagined commingle. Welty has never married, and despite stints in Wisconsin in college and City as a member of the Times Book Review staff, Welty has lived on Pinehurst Street in Jackson most of her life. Upon this realization, the aged woman acknowledges her decreasing mental capabilities. The streets are lined with red and green lights.
If this does come up, we revisit the physical description of Phoenix, her age at the time of the end of the Civil War, her hallucination about the marble cake, the hunter's demeanor, the gold-framed diploma and her dream, and the reason she has to come to the clinic. So I think that meaning Phoenix Jackson was so strong walking every day to get her grandsons medicine, and then like the Bird is an emblem of reincarnation, maybe her grandson had passed away and she thought he was still alive. I start out the discussion with a character analysis of Phoenix. I the oldest people I ever know. He suffer and it don't seem to put him back at all. The Nurse The nurse reveals information about Phoenix Jackson that the reader does not know during the course of her journey.