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by Eudora Welty

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Phoenix Jackson and the Phoenix of mythology have similar characteristics.  Discuss how they are related in "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty. 

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“The Worn Path” by Eudora Welty presents an unforgettable character, Phoenix Jackson. This is an elderly woman who demands admiration and respect.  Her task is formidable but she is driven to complete it as she has many times before.  The reader will go along with Phoenix as she travels on her mission to help her grandson.

The worn path is the trail that Phoenix must travel to accomplish her goal.  It is a road full of obstacles, but Phoenix will stand up for herself and complete her journey. Phoenix’s name connects her to the mythological bird, the Phoenix. 

The legendary Phoenix is a large scarlet and gold bird which matures to an old age, then bursts into flames and is reborn from the ashes. Phoenix Jackson’s appearance likens her to the mythological bird. 

The description by the author uses the color of gold running underneath her skin. Her cheeks were illuminated by a yellow burning under the dark skin.  Her head is covered by a red rag.  Compare the bird’s description...

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