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A Worn Path

On her long, arduous journey in “A Worn Path,” Phoenix Jackson initially confronts three natural obstacles that are part of the story’s physical landscape. These three objects—a hill, a thorn bush,...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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Near the end of "A Worn Path," Welty reveals the reason for Phoenix’s arduous journey into town: to obtain medicine to alleviate the pain and swelling of her grandson’s burned throat. While...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021, 3:13 pm (UTC)

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There are two main things it seems the author was trying to accomplish by setting the story "A Worn Path" near Christmas time: one is positive while the other is negative. On the positive side, it...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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The nurse marks the medicine as charity in her book because of Phoenix's poverty. The nurse has been instructed (by the doctor) to refrain from charging Phoenix for her grandson's medicine. The...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016, 2:34 pm (UTC)

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A hero is a person who acts with courage. In the Jungian archetypes that are often expressed through literature, heroism is facing and overcoming one's unconscious fears. It is characterized by...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020, 11:49 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011, 12:46 am (UTC)

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"A Worn Path" is the story of an old woman's journey from her country home into town to buy medicine. Along the way, the main character, Phoenix, falls down into a gulley. Since she is in a remote...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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Certainly, Phoenix Jackson’s poor eyesight is one indicator of her advanced age and frailty, something that should make the arduous trek into Natchez all the more challenging. She is not a young,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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First, the hunter calls Phoenix "Granny." She is very old and this might have been a term of endearment. But given the hunter's overall treatment of Phoenix, the term "Granny" is probably intended...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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The setting of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" is the rural South in the 1930's. This time period is significant because it was certainly a time of hardship for Americans, and so Phoenix's struggles...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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In the story, Phoenix Jackson meets a young white hunter on her way to town. When the hunter asks Phoenix where she is going, she tells him that she is going to town. Upon hearing her answer, the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018, 11:00 pm (UTC)

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This made a grave and persistent noise in the still air that seemed meditative, like the chirping of a solitary little bird. This first quotation describes Phoenix Jackson's cane, which she uses...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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After her long, laborious, perilous journey to town, Phoenix is able to get the "soothing medicine" her grandson needs for his throat. As the nurse explains to the attendant at the desk, "his...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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Although the young hunter, a white man, helps Phoenix to right herself after she falls over, he calls her "Granny" repeatedly rather than ma'am or some other title that would show appropriate...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019, 11:46 am (UTC)

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The title of Eudora Welty’s story “A Worn Path” seems significant for a number of reasons, including the following: The very opening sentence of the story not only mentions a path but implies that...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2012, 11:01 am (UTC)

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The climax of a story is the point at which the conflict reaches its highest level; after this point in the story, the conflict is brought to resolution. The climax in Eudora Wetly's "A Worn Path"...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2021, 5:15 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, an old African American woman named Phoenix Jackson periodically makes a long walk through rugged countryside from her isolated home to town to...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2021, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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In the story's opening paragraph, Phoenix Jackson is described as "very old and small" as "she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows." She is further described as "moving a little from side to...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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Phoenix Jackson is the protagonist of Eudora Welty's short story "A Worn Path." She is a very old woman who regularly makes this trip between her cabin home in the woods to the city to get medicine...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2013, 2:14 am (UTC)

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The original question had to be edited down. Phoenix's interactions with the thorns are interesting in light of her characterization. The thorns represent obstacles for her to overcome. They are...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013, 11:31 am (UTC)

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“A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty is about an elderly woman named Old Phoenix who travels along a familiar path to get medicine for her grandson. There are many obstacles that she faces along the way,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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It may not seem like much, but for a frail old lady like Phoenix, walking across a log to get to the other side of a creek is a big deal indeed. Arguably, this is the most significant object that...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020, 10:47 am (UTC)

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Phoenix Jackson endures a long trip to town and perseveres through many trials along the journey in order to obtain medicine for her grandson, who remains at home. When she arrives at the clinic,...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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The story "A Worn Path" shows readers a glimpse into a regular ritual for the main character, Phoenix, so it's interesting that this glimpse happens to be at Christmastime. Phoenix herself never...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019, 2:01 am (UTC)

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Irony occurs when events or words turn out to mean the opposite of what we expect. One irony in "A Worn Path" is that Phoenix, after making the long, arduous journey to town to get medicine for her...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2021, 11:55 am (UTC)

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The short story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty tells of an old African American woman named Phoenix Jackson who undertakes a long journey on foot to obtain medicine for her grandson. On the way, she...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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There are many themes in this story. One has to do with duty. Phoenix Jackson has traveled the path many times on the same mission--it is her duty to do so, no matter how far or unpleasant it may...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2008, 12:26 am (UTC)

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Phoenix does demonstrate tremendous heroism without being aware of it. She doesn't think of herself as being brave. She is just doing what she must do to take care of her little grandson, and she...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2009, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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In "A Worn Path," Phoenix Jackson is on a journey to obtain much-needed medicine for her grandson. The central conflict she faces is with her society, yet she also faces conflict with nature as she...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 11:43 am (UTC)

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Phoenix's journey can be described as a quest because she has to get to a certain place to fulfill her quest, she encounters many challenges that she must overcome along the way, and the purpose of...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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On her journey of love, old Phoenix encounters several impediments to her progress, one of which is her fall and subsequent encounter with the young hunter. When he first sees her, he laughs and...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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The specific location of Santiago's home village is not given in the story, but there are many clues as to the setting. Obviously, the story is set in a location that has Spanish has the primary...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2011, 2:53 am (UTC)

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Phoenix Jackson is an African American grandmother who walks to Natchez to fetch some medicine for her grandson. The journey is a long one, and Phoenix is frail. However, she braves the dangers...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018, 3:33 pm (UTC)

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Phoenix's grandson is sick because he has swallowed lye. This is a strong substance that was once regularly used for cleaning. Swallowing lye can cause serious damage to the throat and stomach...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 11:19 am (UTC)

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By observing Phoenix’s words and actions, the reader can infer at least three things about the main character. First, the reader can infer that Phoenix has made her trip many times before. The...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2008, 10:48 am (UTC)

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Ignoring and enduring what does not matter in the pursuit of what does matter is something Phoenix understands and lives. She endures what she must for as long as she must in order to accomplish...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2010, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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As she is traveling past fields to town, Phoenix Jackson thinks she sees a ghost. It is tall, thin, and black. At first, she thinks it is a living man. Then she notices it is completely quiet, "as...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2021, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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The phoenix is a legendary bird said to rise from the dead when it gets old by burning up and reemerging from the ashes. Phoenix, the old woman in the story, is like the legendary phoenix in being...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2020, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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In Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path," Phoenix Jackson makes a journey into town to get her grandson medicine. The motif of time is an important element in the story. Although Phoenix can make the trip...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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Phoenix Jackson is a redoubtable old lady and thinks nothing of making the long trek on foot from her home in the country all the way to Natchez. She embarks upon this journey twice a year to pick...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2018, 8:36 am (UTC)

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Near the end of the story, Phoenix arrives in Natchez at the medical clinic. When she gets inside, she has mental spell during which she temporarily forgets why she is there and what she is doing....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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The purpose of Phoenix Jackson's journey is to obtain the "soothing-medicine" her grandson needs to be able to feel better. He swallowed lye, a caustic chemical substance often used for making...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2021, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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The point of view used in Welty's "A Worn Path" is third-person narrator/ limited omniscient. With regard to the character of Phoenix, the point of view is omniscient as the narrator knows her...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016, 4:04 pm (UTC)

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In Eudora Welty's story "A Worn Path," an old woman, Phoenix Jackson, goes on a quest to get her grandson some medicine. She walks a long distance over a treacherous path from her home into town to...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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Welty's story is remarkable in that it is told in third person but is focused entirely on Old Phoenix's experience walking into town to get medicine for her grandson. The story is rich in detail...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2017, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the story, Phoenix wheedles a nickel from the nurse and is able to put this together with a nickel she already has to buy a toy windmill, or pinwheel, as a Christmas gift for her...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2021, 11:59 am (UTC)

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This story follows the typical plot structure depicted by Freitag's triangle: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The story begins with exposition, the revelation of...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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Phoenix Jackson's trip to town covers a lot of ground and many kinds of landscape. However, Phoenix will not give up, and she travels the distance to get the much needed medicine for her grandson....

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013, 2:53 am (UTC)

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Just to reiterate the point about the scarecrow, the representative of death, Phoenix, like many others who love, defies death out of "her habit of love" which pursues to the end whatever it can do...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2015, 9:37 pm (UTC)

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I think we need to be aware of the metaphorical importance of the journey and the various obstacles that Phoenix faces. There is a definite sense in which we can view this journey both in a literal...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011, 7:09 am (UTC)

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