A Worn Path Questions and Answers
by Eudora Welty

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In regard to "A Worn Path," what is the point of the story?

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"A Worn Path" is essentially a love story, the story of Phoenix Jackson's love for her grandson. The little boy is never seen in the story, and some critics have suggested that he is no longer living, but both of these observations do nothing to diminish the power of the narrative. The point of the story is suggested by its title. Each time Phoenix makes the journey from her home in the country into town to get the medicine that relieves her grandson's suffering, she follows the same path. Even when her sight fails, she can follow the path; she has traveled it so many times it is worn into her memory.

Phoenix is very old and frail, and the path...

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