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In Oscar Castro Z's "Lucero" and Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path," what are the most...

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john18 | Honors

Posted September 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM via web

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In Oscar Castro Z's "Lucero" and Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path," what are the most interesting contrasts between the stories?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM (Answer #1)

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The short stories "Lucero" (Oscar Castro Z) and "A Worn Path" (Eudora Welty) both main characters ("Lucero's" Ruben Olmos and "A Worn Path's" Phoenix Jackson) are on a journey. There are a couple aspects of the stories which make them similar, but the similarities are very superficial. 

Both stories contain an animal which upsets the path of the main character. In "Lucero," Ruben's horse must be pushed from a steep path (where it falls to its death). In "A Worn Path," a dog forces Phoenix from her path. Also, the path of both stories is symbolic. While the horse is the one who remembers the path in "Lucero," Pheonix is the one who remembers the path being taken in Welty's story. 

A deeper contrast within the stories exists in a reader's interpretation of each text. "Lucero" is very straightforward, and the text needs no real analysis. The men on the cliff come to an impasse, and one must remove his horse. "A Worn Path," on the other hand, contains many instances where the reader is expected to read "into" the text. For example, the interaction between Phoenix and the hunter reveals more than what is upon the surface, and the perception of the clinic worker (and her thought that Phoenix is mentally imbalanced) leads readers to consider what is reality and what is perception. 

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