From the description of Phoenix in "A Worn Path," what do you conclude about her economic condition? How do you know that she has taken the path through the woods before? Is she accustomed to be alone? What do you make of her speaking to animals, and of her imagining a boy offering her a piece of cake? What does her speech show about her education and background?

From the description of Phoenix in "A Worn Path," it is clear that she and her grandson live in poverty. Her apron is made of old sacks, she wears a "rag" on her head, and she cannot pay for her grandson's medicine. Readers know that Phoenix has taken this path before, because the path is described as "worn" in the title and because Phoenix is so familiar with the path that she can navigate it despite her failing eyesight.

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The short story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty tells of an old African American woman named Phoenix Jackson who undertakes a long journey on foot to obtain medicine for her grandson. On the way, she encounters many potential obstacles, but she overcomes them all and arrives safely at the clinic, where she picks up the medicine before starting on the walk back home.

The economic condition of old Phoenix and her grandson is deep poverty, and there are many indications of this throughout the text. Her apron is made of "bleached flour sacks." When she snags her dress on thorns, she considers that "it was not possible to allow the dress to tear," implying that it is probably the only dress she owns. As she crawls under the barbed wire fence, she thinks that "she could not pay to have her arm or her leg sawed off if she got caught fast where she was." In other words, she cannot afford medical treatment. She is careful to pick up and save a nickel she finds along the way. She obtains the medicine...

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