What is the main theme of "A Worn Path"? Is it implied or stated?

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Along with the rebirth of the determination of the grandmother for her grandson's well-being, there is also the idea of Endurance in the Resurrection theme of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path."  Phoenix faces the demeaning treatment of her time and time again--she has long been down those paths, as well--and she endures stoically and with purpose.

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Phoenix is the woman reborn--just like the mythical bird, a phoenix, dies and rises again in the ashes, the grandmother reinvents herself every time she has to make that trip.  She is strong enough to do the job although she doesn't appear to be.

The hunter represents prejudice and racism.  Take a look at his language in the story and it's not hard to see why.  Phoenix has dealt with his kind her entire life.

I wouldn't say any of these characters are dynamic except for Phoenix herself.  She is the only one who actually rises off the page to become real and palpable.  The others don't change, they are just there to move the story along.  Phoenix is three-dimensional and alive.

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The theme in this story is implied.  The story concerns an individual and others like her pitted against large and indifferent social and political forces.  Her journey, of course, represents her journey through life.  It's not that anyone is out to get her.  Nobody purposely makes her life difficult.  It's just that no one is really looking out for her, and things are stacked against her. 

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I think that the theme is that a good person (like Phoenix) will do her duty and fulfill her obligations no matter how hard it is to do so.  She really has a hard time getting to town, but she will do it because her grandson needs her -- she is all the family he has.

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In regard to "A Worn Path," what is the point of the story?

"A Worn Path" is essentially a love story, the story of Phoenix Jackson's love for her grandson. The little boy is never seen in the story, and some critics have suggested that he is no longer living, but both of these observations do nothing to diminish the power of the narrative. The point of the story is suggested by its title. Each time Phoenix makes the journey from her home in the country into town to get the medicine that relieves her grandson's suffering, she follows the same path. Even when her sight fails, she can follow the path; she has traveled it so many times it is worn into her memory.

Phoenix is very old and frail, and the path she follows is hard and dangerous. She climbs a hill; she crosses a creek by walking over it on a fallen log, carefully maintaining her balance. She climbs through fences and fights her way through briers. In the story, she makes her journey in the December cold. Each time Phoenix goes to town, she risks her life--out of love.

When she arrives in town, Phoenix endures the humiliation of racism to get the medicine, and she also brings herself to ask for pennies to add to the nickel she had already stolen from a hunter on the road. Phoenix had felt bad when she slyly took the nickel:

God watching me the whole time. I come to stealing.

A woman of great pride, Phoenix would not have stolen or later asked for money for herself. The money is not for her. At the story's conclusion, she uses the nickel and the pennies to buy a little toy for her grandson, imagining his joy at receiving it.

The point of the story, its theme, is to create a portrait of love in the person of Phoenix Jackson. Phoenix's love for her grandson is fierce, tender, and unselfish. Her willingness to risk her life so that the boy won't suffer, her willingness to beg and steal for him, and her courage in overcoming all obstacles in her path, both literal and figurative, make the story a moving statement about the power and the beauty of love.

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What is a theme in A Worn Path?

I see a couple of themes in this story.

Perhaps the main one is race and racism.  We see the ways in which the hunter, especially, has absolutely no respect for Phoenix even though she is an elder.  This clearly comments on race relations in that time and place.

The other one is responsibility and family.  Phoenix is willing to go to all this trouble to get medicine for her grandson because it is her responsiblity as his only family member.   In fact, I wonder what is going to happen to him when Phoenix dies, which surely will be in the near future.

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