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In what way might colors be related to Phoenix's name and personality? A Worn Path

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minnerly1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2007 at 10:18 PM via web

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In what way might colors be related to Phoenix's name and personality?

A Worn Path

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 6, 2007 at 12:29 AM (Answer #1)

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The mythical phoenix had red and gold feathers. It lived a long time and, in its old age, built a next that it then started on fire. The old bird was burned up and a new bird reborn in its place.

In "A Worn Path," Phoenix is quite old. She wears a dark dress, but a golden color shines through from her skin, and the second paragraph tells us "and the two knobs of her cheeks were illumined by a yellow burning under the dark" (she burns like a phoenix).

She also is reborn in some ways, or is working to help others be reborn. She was a slave, but is free. Her memory dies, but comes back. She is old, but is buying toys for the young.

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