How would I describe Phoenix Jackson's traits with support from "A Worn Path"?

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I don't know if I believe the nickels necessary reveal a more grasping quality as suggested by Lori Steinbach. I believe they can actually be used in support of the belief that Phoenix is eminently practical and committed to make life work for her in any way possible. She is not above getting money out of whites, especially when, like the hunter, they abuse and mistreat her. She is above all pragmatic in her resilience.

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Phoenix perseveres despite obstacles of every kind. Physically her journey is arduous. Emotionally she must accept the abuse of the white hunter. spiritually she must deal with the heartache of a sick grandson. Despite all these elements, she perseveres...and will certainly continue to do so.

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Help with Analysis of Phoenix Jackson in "A Worn Path"

In the story "A Worn Path" how would I describe the personality of Phoenix Jackson and what aspects of the story can support my essay?

Phoenix Jackson is a lady. She has pride and dignity. When she arrives in town after her arduous journey, she stops a woman on the street and asks her to tie her shoes. Phoenix can't do this simple task herself because of her age. Phoenix says, "Do all right for out in the country, but wouldn't look right to go in a big building."

Phoenix is completely self-sacrificing. When she steals the hunter's nickel, she says to herself, "God watching me the whole time. I come to stealing. Later, in town, the nurse asks if she could give Phoenix a few pennies. Phoenix says, "Five pennies is a nickel." This is as close to begging as Phoenix most likely has ever come, but she needs another nickel to add to the one she has stolen so that she can buy a toy...

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