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A Worn Path By Eudora Welty

In A Worn Path Eudora Weltys plot is not all that clear in the beginning of her short story, but progresses as her character carries on against all of the overwhelming forces against her. In this short story a black elderly woman, Phoenix Jackson, must overcome the odds against her as she valiantly travels through many obstacles in order to contribute to the wellness of her grandson, for whom she is making this trip down a worn path. It is at this point that all of Weltys readers hearts open…

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The story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty

In the story “A Worn Path” the main character’s name is Phoenix which alludes to “the mythical bird that consumed itself in fire after five hundred years and rose renewed from its ashes. This death-birth motif gives a meaningful context for details which seem merely descriptive”(Seidl, p. 53). “Welty’s main subject is the intricacies of human relationships, particularly as revealed through her characters’ interactions in intimate social encounters. Welty’s outlook is hopeful, and love is viewed as a redeeming presence in the midst of isolation and indifference” (One Writers Beginnings).…

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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, is the tale of the unstoppable love and care of a grandmother for her grandchild. It tells a story of sheer determination as Phoenix Jackson makes a long journey into town to get medicine for her chronically ill grandson. She strives forward despite frequent obstacles in her way that include her own failing health and the grandchild’s slim chance of survival. Phoenix Jackson is an old Negro woman who continues forward over barriers that would not even be considered a hindrance for the young.…

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Phoenix Jackson By Eudora Welty

Phoenix Rises From the Ashes When asked by a white hunter Doesnt the gun scare you? while having it pointed at her, Phoenix Jackson, of Eudora Weltys A Worn Path, replies No, sir. I seen plenty go off closer by, in my day, and for less than what I done, This is an example of how the protagonist deals with another of her travails. Phoenixs conflicts only hone the thrust of Weltys tale of triumph over adversity. The irrelevancy of these tortures to this persons purpose is made all the…

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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty an elderly African American woman named Phoenix Jackson picks a cold December day to make yet another perilous journey to a near by city to get medicine for her ailing grandson. On the way this ninety-year-old woman faces many obstacles, both natural and man-made. Phoenix draws upon her perseverance and willingness to sacrifice herself to help her throughout her journey, but it is the undying love for her grandson that truly guides and drives her to her final goal. Phoenix Jackson has a…

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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, is the tale of the unstoppable love and care of a grandmother for her grandchild. It tells a story of sheer determination as Phoenix Jackson makes a long journey into town to get medicine for her chronically ill grandson. She strives forward despite frequent obstacles in her way that include her own failing health and the grandchild’s slim chance of survival. Phoenix Jackson is an old Negro woman who continues forward over barriers that would not even be considered a hindrance for the young.…

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