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What is the setting on "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

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Posted November 9, 2010 at 3:48 AM via web

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What is the setting on "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2010 at 4:03 AM (Answer #1)

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The setting of the short story "A Worn Path" is the depression era, specifically in rural, American South. The woman is overcoming obstacles on her quest to obtain medicine for her grandson, and the long journey starts in the woods of Mississippi all the way to the town of Natchez.

The focal point of the setting of the story is the actual road, which is full of a adversity, obstacles, limitations, problems, and incidents which make her path extremely difficult to complete, and her goals appear to be consistently blocked. This is allegorical to the life of black Americans in the depression era society, and in American society in the old South.

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