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

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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 of the first is the wild hogs. This foreshadowing is followed by the thorns: "I in the thorny bush . . . " (paragraph 8). Phoenix has to cross on a log then crawl under a barbed wire fence. If that is not enough, she walks into a field of dead corn that she calls a maze. The reader learns that these images foreshadow the difficulty she has in reaching the town to get her grandson's medicine.

Why the above foreshadowing? It serves to highlight the strength and determination of the old woman to take care of her grandson. Symbolically, these images can also serve to represent the struggles of African Americans. However,...

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