Discuss the characterization of Phoenix in the story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty.

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The short story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty tells of the determination of an old African American woman named Phoenix Jackson to procure medicine for her grandson from a clinic in a distant town. The path is worn because she has walked it many times before. On the way, she encounters many obstacles that hinder her on her journey. For instance, she has to pass through thorny bushes, traverse a log laid over a creek, crawl under a barbed wire fence, and find her way through a maze of standing corn in a field. She falls over into a ditch, and though a white man comes along and pulls her out, he then threatens her with a gun. Before she reaches the clinic she needs help in tying her shoe. After she goes inside, she forgets where she is and what she comes for. However, eventually she fulfils her quest and obtains the medicine she needs to ease her grandson's swollen throat.

In this story, Welty presents Phoenix as a flawed but extremely strong and determined character. She is...

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