What is the "worn path"? Why is the story named after it?

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The metaphoric path that elderly Phoenix Jackson treads is long established. She is a woman who has toiled throughout her long life, and the journey she takes in the story is common to many women: she is looking after a child—in this case, her grandson.

The path has deeper symbolism because Phoenix is African American, elderly, and remembers the end of the Civil War. She is...

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