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How does the story "A Worn Path" prove the unconscious heroism of Phoenix Jackson?

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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What are the first three obstacles Phoenix Jackson encounters in "A Worn Path"?

Phoenix Jackson is shown to have to battle through a variety of difficulties to get to her goal and receive the medicine that her grandson needs. Firstly, it is shown that nature itself becomes an...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2011 8:01 pm UTC

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Why is Phoenix taking the long trip to town?

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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In "A Worn Path," trace the obstacles faced by old Phoenix in the valley.

In reading "A Worn Path," the reader is filled with complete disbelief that Old Phoenix is not only able to complete her journey but does so periodically and completely alone. She first makes her...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 8:07 am UTC

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Why is Phoenix taking the long trip to town in "A Worn Path"?

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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In "A Worn Path," at what obstacle does Phoenix display her tremendous skills and balance?  

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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Explain Phoenix Jackson and the journey she makes to the town of Natchez.

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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How would I describe Phoenix Jackson's traits with support from "A Worn Path"?

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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What are some literary devices used in "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

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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"A Worn Path" is an exquisitely controlled story of unconcious heriosm. Explain    

A story completely free of authorial commentary and intrusion, "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty is thus a controlled narrative open for different interpretations, one of which is that Phoenix is a...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2009 4:26 am UTC

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Phoenix Jackson and the phoenix of mythology have similar characteristics. Discuss how they are related in "A Worn...

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 "A Worn Path," is the grandson really dead?

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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In "A Worn Path," how are the elements of poverty and racism portrayed?

In this story, Phoenix Jackson is an elderly black woman who has lived in Southern Mississippi since some years before the Civil War. Born into slavery, she had been "too old" to go to school at...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2009 5:15 am UTC

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What is the significance of the title of Eudora Welty's story "A Worn Path"?  

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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What are five conflicts in "A Worn Path"?

“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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What is the point of view used in "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

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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What is the setting of the story?

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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What is the plot structure of the story "A Worn Path"?

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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Traditionally, a quest is a journey in which a knight overcomes a series of obstacles in order to perform a...

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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What is significant about setting the story "A Worn Path" in December and during Christmas?

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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What are the major ways Welty compares Phoenix Jackson to the mythological Phoenix bird?

Phoenix Jackson is an elderly black woman who makes a ritual journey through a rugged trail to get medicine for her sick grandson. She is old, probably older than 80, but refuses to give up her...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2008 6:12 am UTC

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What is the point of view in "A Worn Path" and what evidence supports this answer?

Eueora Welty's "A Worn Path" is told from the third-person objective point of view. Welty employs this point of view which does not reveal as much of the character as do first and omniscient...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2009 1:38 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the short story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” touches on a few different themes. The story shows the strength of love and perseverance. The trip she makes along the worn path to Natchez to get medicine for her sick...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 12:05 am UTC

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What are some obstacles Phoenix faces, and what social/political forces might have her in their grip?

Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" does present Phoenix, specifically, and others like her, generally, in the grip of large and indifferent social and political forces. This is a Southern Gothic story...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 12:39 am UTC

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Discuss the characterization of Phoenix in the story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty.

Phoenix Jackson, the story's protagonist, is mostly shown through the use of indirect characterization, when the writer reveals the character's attributes through their behavior and speech. We must...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 12:46 pm UTC

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Because Phoenix is old, she has trouble seeing things such as the scarecrow which she mistakes for a ghost. How do...

I tend to think that Phoenix Jackson's challenges on her journey help to enhance her heroic element and help to accentuate her strength. If the journey was simple, it would not have the same...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

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Why did Phoenix Jackson set out on her journey?

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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What are some literary elements in "A Worn Path"?

Perhaps two of the most significant symbols are the character's name Phoenix and the worn path itself. The Phoenix is a mythical bird that rises renewed from the ashes every 500 years. This is...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 1:57 pm UTC

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How is Phoenix viewed and treated by the white people she meets in "A Worn Path"?

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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What is the time period in A Worn Path by Eudora Welty?

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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Discuss the character of Phoenix Jackson from "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty.

The Phoenix in Greek mythology is a bird-like creature that matures to an extreme age before it bursts into flames and is reborn from the ashes. As it matures and ages, its beauty and colors of red...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 7:31 pm UTC

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In "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, why does the nurse mark the medicine as charity in her book?  

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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Please explain the significance of the worn path in Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path."

The significance of the physical, titular path that Phoenix Jackson uses to get to town when retrieving medicine for her grandson is that it illustrates the love and commitment that Phoenix has to...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 7:49 pm UTC

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Phoenix says she is an old woman without an education does she nevertheless seem to have any knowledge that the other...

Eurdora Welty's title provides a clue to the question raised about Phoenix's particular knowledge: Her "worn path" of life has provided her with an experience and acumen that is superior to the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2010 10:12 am UTC

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In "A Worn Path," how does Phoenix Jackson demonstrate unconscious heroism?

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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How does the setting foreshadow the story in “A Worn Path," by Eudora Welty?

The setting of Welty's story comes in the early morning of the last month of the year, symbolically juxtaposing a beginning and an end. The morning is bright and conceals nothing, yet Phoenix...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2017 11:12 am UTC

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I need to support my idea about "A Worn Path." I think the grandson in the story is dead. I need support for this...

What an intriguing idea! While there does seem to be an argument for your interpretation, perhaps some other circumstances may prove a stronger argument than the fact that Phoenix's shoe is...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2010 3:41 pm UTC

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How is irony used in "A Worn Path"?

This question has already been asked and answered here on eNotes. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/worn-path/q-and-a/what-irony-worn-path-103739

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011 8:48 pm UTC

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In "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, why does Phoenix Jackson talk to herself?  

Phoenix Jackson in “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty has a mission---to travel the worn path and get the medicine that her grandson desperately needs. She has been making this trek for three years...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2013 6:37 pm UTC

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Why is the time motif significant to the development of Welty's theme?  

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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What is the foreshadowing in "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

There is quite a bit of foreshadowing in the story, "A Worn Path" by Welty. Phoenix Jackson, an old woman, struggles to reach town. Along the way her struggle is foreshadowed by many obstacles. One...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 7:00 pm UTC

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How was Phoenix Jackson manipulative in "A Worn Path"?

When Phoenix falls in a ditch, she waits and a hunter happens by and helps her up. However, the hunter is condescending. He assumes that if she is going to town, she is going to see Santa Claus....

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013 3:14 pm UTC

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What is the main problem in "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty?

The main problem in "A Worn Path" was the long, dangerous journey made by Phoenix, an old woman faced with the challenge of taking care of her sick grandson. Her grandchild swallowed lye and...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 3:00 pm UTC

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Find a passage in the story indicating that Phoenix Jackson was probably once a slave.

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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In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, how does the hunter address Phoenix?

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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What are some key aspects of Eudora Welty's writing style and how does it differ from that of other writers?

There is definitely an attention to detail, creating tremendous life-like images which marks Welty's work as being distinct from the stylistic approach of other authors. I found the very first time...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011 7:11 am UTC

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Explain fully what can be learned about Phoenix from her trip in "A Worn Path."

I think as we examine this excellent story that what stands out in terms of Phoenix Jackson and her actions is the way that she sacrifices and endures so much for love. In a sense, the name Phoenix...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2011 7:30 pm UTC

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What is the theme and diction in "A Worn Path"?

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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A Worn Path Theme

Along with the rebirth of the determination of the grandmother for her grandson's well-being, there is also the idea of Endurance in the Resurrection theme of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path." Phoenix...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2010 5:37 pm UTC

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How does she explain where she is going to the hunter? How do we know how much old Phoenix loves her grandson?

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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