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

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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 thoughts and feelings in part of the story.

The significance of the title is certainly heightened as the reader considers the point of view of Welty's narrative; the reader is privy to Phoenix's feelings all along her "worn path." Before she reaches this path and after she leaves it when arriving in Natchez, the point of view is third-person limited.

The exposition of the story is clearly in third-person narration as the weather is described and Phoenix Jackson is characterized in much the same matter-of-fact manner:

Her name was Phoenix Jackson. She was very old and small and she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows. . . Her eyes were blue with age. Her skin had a pattern of her own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood...

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