THEMES

THE WORN PATH
Race and Racism
– No one in the story is actually rude or discriminatory
towards Phoenix, but the subtle persecutions that
blacks suffer in a white world is clearly shown.
• Example: A white hunter helps her out of a ditch but
patronizes her and trivializes her journey: "I know you old
colored people! Wouldn't miss going to town to see Santa
Claus!"
• He taunts her by pointing his loaded gun at her and asking,
"Doesn't the gun scare you?“
• These are the typical views of many Southern whites during
the era.


THEME
UNICORN IN THE GARDEN

The struggle between the husband and wife pits
peaceful fantasy (the man) vs. harsh realism (the
woman)
Example: The husband stakes claim to the realistic
answers expected by the psychiatrist and the
police after the wife ironically repeats the
husband's earlier fantastic claims.

Duty and Responsibility
• Phoenix Jackson makes the journey to town because
of her sense of duty to her grandson.
– She is the only person her grandson has to rely on—"We is
the only two left in the world," she tells the nurse.

• Her sense of responsibility makes her determined to
overcome all the obstacles during the journey.
– Phoenix relates her determination with a sense of urgency
to the hunter: she tells the hunter: "I bound to go to town,
mister.... The time come around."

• The nurse has a duty and a responsibility to keep
giving Phoenix the medicine as long as she keeps
coming to get it.
– "the doctor said as long as you came to get it, you could
have it. But it's an obstinate case."

• The attendant gives Phoenix a nickel out of a
sense of duty because it is Christmas.

• The hunter and the young woman on the street
who help Phoenix also act out of duty, not out of
compassion or love.


SIMILARITY
SARCASM
Unicorn in the Garden
• Example: The wife uses harsh and sarcastic words whenever
her husband tries to explain about the unicorn.

"You are a booby," she said, "and I am going to have you put in
a booby-hatch

The Worn Path
• Example:Eventhough the hunter helps Phoenix , he stil acts
rude towards her.

He taunts her by pointing his loaded gun at her and asking,
"Doesn't the gun scare you?“

DIFFERENCE
Duty and Responsibility
Unicorn in the Garden
• Example: The husband has to prepare his own
breakfast and the wife is still sleeping.
The Worn Path
• Example: Phoenix is very responsible .She always
concern about her grandson.




THE END

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