Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" in Graphical Representation

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away


—Eudora Welty

Few would argue anymore with the notion that comic strips and graphic novels can be high art. They not only get translated into film (Ghost World), but make it onto the walls of museums (Chris Ware at the Whitney Biennial). They often combine the pleasures of estimable literature with estimable art, wittily, sometimes beautifully, often provocatively. This lesson makes use of graphical form to illuminate Eudora Welty's “A Worn Path”. By rendering aspects of the story into carefully considered "comic strips," students learn to appreciate elements of characterization, setting, and plot in a manner that engages them actively in the production of meaning. The method highlights reading as the creative art it can be.

Guiding Questions

How can the form of the comic strip inform the reading of a short story?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson students will be able to: Appreciate how form affects meaning in short stories

Think critically about the relationship of the part to the whole in short stories and comic books or graphic novels

Begin to engage in analysis of the short story as a genre with parallels to visual arts

Engage in creative work directly supported by critical thinking

Express in writing the relationship between students' creative re-figuring of a short story and his or her analysis of that short story