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How do Phoenix's mistakes, driven by her poor vision, contribute to the impact of "A Worn Path"?

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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 effect.  The fact the journey is so challenging and so much she has to endure is what makes it so significant that she undertakes it.  Phoenix Jackson's heroic qualities are enhanced through what she endures.  The challenges present in the journey itself, the encounters with the dog and the hunter pointing a gun at her, as well as the fact that she does not meet anyone who seems sincerely willing to help her are all elements in which that her journey is enhanced.  The mistakes that she makes also serves to testify to the amount of character and loyalty that she has.  It is only because of the loyalty to her grandson that she endures what she does.  She realizes, or it becomes evident, that senility is rapidly approaching and that her own condition is not in the best of capacity.  Yet, Phoenix does not hesitate in standing up for her grandson and helping get the medicine that will help him get better.  It is because of her mistakes and the challenges of the journey that it ends up meaning more to both the narrative and the reader's impressions of Phoenix.

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Because Phoenix is old, she mistakeningly sees a ghost and misjudges other things. How do her mistakes contribute to the impact of her quest in "A Worn Path"?

In Welty's "A Worn Path," with her mythological name, Phoenix emerges anew repeatedly with determination to pursue her journey, or quest, to obtain medicine for her suffering grandson. In his critical essay, "Life for Phoenix," Neil D. Isaccs contends that Welty's narrative is the story of the path of life and "the road is death and renewal of life."

As she travels this path of life, Phoenix, who at times appears to be a "magic figure," attempts to affirm the meaning to life as she parts her way "through the whispering field" with her wand of a cane and as she faces a Cerberus-like black dog, yet making her way past the "shadows from the oak trees." Despite her imaginings and falls in which she rolls like "a June bug," Phoenix perseveres, trusting her feet over her poor eyesight and reaches Natchez, where she then climbs "a tower of stairs" that reaches to the hospital. There, the old dying woman renews life for her swaddled grandson by obtaining medicine for him.  

The mistakes and falls of the old woman are suggestive of the "worn path" of age that nears its death.  But, with the eternal cycle of life, her death has as its purpose the renewal of life. Like her nomenclature, the Egyptian figure of immortality and resurrection, Phoenix succeeds in her journey.

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