Provide an analysis of the point of view in "A Worn Path"?

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The point of view in "A Worn Path" can best be described as third-person limited, objective. The audience does see everything predominantly from Phoenix's perspective. We are only aware of people if Phoenix is aware of them, and we are only part of conversations in which Phoenix takes part. However, the narrator is also objective in the presentation. We don't know Phoenix's thoughts, for instance. When she says out loud, "God watching me the whole time. I come to stealing," we can infer that she feels badly about taking the money dropped by the man. But this is only because of Phoenix's out loud commentary. Through the limited and objective narrator, we are forced to infer many details about Phoenix's personality and character. This approach also lets Phoenix's actions speak for the narrator, allowing for more indirect characterization as well as more focus on the action of traveling the worn path rather than focusing on the internal conflict.

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