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
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 for her grandson.
There is nothing Phoenix will not do for the boy she loves. She
even endures insult and humiliation when the attendant in the
office hatefully calls her a "charity case" and tells her to "Speak
up, Grandma." Phoenix endures this disrespect because she has
to in order to complete her mission, but "a twitch to her face"
suggests it isn't easy for her.