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by Eudora Welty

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Phoenix Jackson is an unforgettable character that permeates Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path.” Her mission in life is to help her grandson be comfortable and happy despite his terrible injury from swallowing lye and damaging his throat.

On this cold, December morning, Phoenix, an elderly black woman, walks a path that she has traveled many times to get her grandson’s medicine. The journey has many obstacles that hinder her travel, yet Phoenix is undaunted by the difficulty of the trip.

Phoenix has her own issues.  Aged, unable to see well, losing her memory, unsteady—nothing will deter Phoenix on her path to Natchez for the medicine. She carries an umbrella as a cane to shoo away any critters.


One of the primary themes of the story is perseverance.  No word better describes Phoenix.  She faces so many hardships as she treks along her path. Her walk to Natchez demonstrates her persistence in a hostile world.   As she walks along, she often hears...

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