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A Worn Path From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A Worn Path (1940) by Eudora Welty is a short story about an elderly African-American woman named Phoenix Jackson who is walking through the woods into town. On her way she encounters many deterrents, like a dog, heavy brush, and a hunter who threatens her with a gun, among many other things. Her reason for going to Natchez is to pick up a supply of medicine for her grandson, who accidentally swallowed lye a few years before. The damage to his
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  A Worn Path From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A Worn Path (1940) byEudora Welty is a short story about an elderlyAfrican-American woman named Phoenix Jackson who is walking through the woodsinto town. On her way she encounters many deterrents,like a dog, heavy brush, and a hunter who threatensher with a gun, among many other things. Her reasonfor going to Natchez is to pick up a supply of medicinefor her grandson, who accidentally swallowedlye a few years before. The damage to his throat never fullyheals, and every so often his throat will begin to swellshut. It is Old Phoenix's love for her grandson thatcauses her to face the trial of the journey to town, everytime it is necessary, with no questions asked. At itsheart, A Worn Path is a tale of undying love anddevotion. Plot In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path, an elderly AfricanAmerican woman undertakes a familiar journey on aroad in a rural area. She expresses herself, both to hersurroundings and in short spurts of spoken monologue,warning away animals and expressing the pain shefeels in her weary bones.While in the woods, she imagines that a young boyoffers her a piece of marble cake, and then blames the  hallucination on old age. After a bit more walking, sheencounters a dog, and in her attempt to hit him with hercane, she tumbles into a ditch. She is approached by ahunter who saves her from the dog by having his dogchase him off. While the hunter is dealing with thedogs, Phoenix steals a nickel from him. When thehunter returns he tells her that town is too far away andthat she should just go home. He also points a gun ather, but loses interest when she says she isn'tfrightened while in the process he drops a coin in whichPhoenix sees it as an opportunity to buy her grandsona gift. Phoenix was so desperate to buy medicine forher grandson, she'll walk miles and miles just to getsoothing medicine for her grandson. She finally makesit to town and goes to the doctor's office. The nursetries to rush her and an attendant gives her change in amanner that the old woman finds displeasing; sheinsists on a nickel rather than five pennies. During hervisit, it is revealed that her grandson has a permanentproblem due to a lye-swallowing accident, and that hehabitually requires medicine for his throat. The storyends with the woman going to buy a paper windmill forher grandson. Symbolism The story is open to interpretation, but many criticsagree that it emphasizes racial inequalities    A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, is the tale of the unstoppable love and careof a grandmother for her grandchild. It tells a story of sheer determinationas Phoenix Jackson makes a long journey into town to get medicine for herchronically ill grandson. She strives forward despite frequent obstacles inher way that include her own failing health and the grandchild's slim chanceof survival. Phoenix Jackson is an old Negro woman who continues forwardover barriers that would not even be considered a hindrance for the young.This is a journey which she has taken before, and now the time come around she must travel it again. She begins her journey to town on a bright frozenday in the early morning in December. Phoenix Jackson is very old andsmall , and walks like the pendulum in a grandfather clock ever socarefully with her thin, small cane made from an umbrella. The description of Phoenix Jackson at the beginning of this story gives thereader a glimpse of how difficult this trip is going to be for an elderlywoman such as her. The description Her eyes were blue with age. Her skinhas a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles are indicationsof Phoenix Jackson's old age. She supports herself with a cane, striving notto fall with every step she takes. She wears a dress reaching down to hershoe tops along with an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with afull pocket. This just adds to her difficulties.As she begins her journey, she talks to herself and warns Out of my way,all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals!...Keepout from under these feet, little bob-whites , because as she says, I got along way. She is determined to go down that path despite anything thatmight come between her and getting the medicine for her grandson. This showsthat her body may be worn out, but the attitude that she takes and desirethat she has in order to get the medicine for her grandson are not. Inaddition, her shoelaces which dragged from her unlaced shoes adds to thechance of her falling on the path.First, she has to face an uphill climb. Then, she goes downhill but soonfinds herself tangled with a bush, and she does not want to rip her dress.She talks to the bush stating Thorns, you doing your appointed work. Neverwant to let folks pass, no sir. Old eyes thought you was a pretty littlegreen bush However, she manages to free herself from the thorn bush. Inaddition, she faces a barbed-wire fence, which is not easy for anyone, butshe gets through, again telling herself that she could not pay for havingher arm or her leg sawed off. At one point, she is startled by a stray dogand falls into a ditch.Eventually, a hunter and his dog happen upon her and pull her out of theditch. He also tries to prevent her from finishing her journey. He tells herthat she is too old, and even tries to scare her with his gun. At that pointthe man says, you must be a hundred years old, and scared of nothing...youtake my advice and stay home, and nothing will happen to you. Not eventhese words from the hunter could make Phoenix give up, always gettingherself out of a predicament, and having her grandson as a reason to keepgoing.Walking across a log with her eyes closed is another daring thing sheattempts. After safely crossing she says I wasn't as old as I thought. Shesits down to rest when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice ofmarble-cake on it. When old Phoenix reaches to take it there was just herown hand in the air, and nothing else around. Throughout the story, sheexhibits signs of senility and delusions including her meeting of ascarecrow which she initially thinks is a man.When Phoenix reaches her destination, the reason for her mission is given.  When she enters the big building , evidently a medical facility, shedoesn't speak and appears disoriented. A nurse recognizes her and inquiresabout her grandson who swallowed lye two to three years ago. She asks Heisn't dead, is he? Phoenix responds with, No missy, he not dead, he justthe same. She tells the nurse he not able to swallow. He not get hisbreath. So the time come around, and I go on another trip for the soothingmedicine. Phoenix Jackson encounters many adversities along her journey, but somehowmanages to get through them. Her perseverance in the face of tremendousobstacles is admirable considering her age and declining health. This storyreminds the reader over and over that she truly loves her grandson, and thatshe is determined to overcome any obstacle to achieve her goal. The onlything that keeps her from giving up is the love she has for him and the factthat all they have in this world is each other. Eudora Welty‟s short story, “A Worn Path” relatesPhoenix Jackson‟s journey through the woods of  Mississippi to the town of Natchez to get hold of medicine for her chronically ill grandson. The storywas first published in  Atlantic Monthly  in February,1941, and is regarded as her most prized piece of short fiction.  An analysis of Eudora Welty’s    “A  Worn Path”  discusses the plot, major characters,symbols, and themes in the story.Before writing an analysis of Eudora Welty’s    “A  Worn Path”,   you should first locatereliable sources on  “A Worn Path”    as well asread examples of an analysis of   “A Worn Path”      to gain more in-depth knowledge andunderstanding about the story. It is also useful toread examples of other analytical papers such as  ananalysis of Albert Camus’     “The   Guest”   , ananalysis of The Secret Lion  ,   and an analysis
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