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"A Worn Path" By Eudora Welty.

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A Worn PathIn the short story "A Worn Path" written by Eudora Welty, she talks about a journey that an old, under-educated, African American women named Phoenix Jackson takes. This old woman lived in the back woods of Natchez Trace. She had to walk ever so far, to a little town to get her grandson medicine. During this journey she encounters different hurdles that would be easy for a younger person to accomplish. In this short story, Phoenix's thoughts are written down in a manner as a child was speaking, which is somewhat confusing and hard to understand.In the first few paragraphs of the short store Welty describes Phoenix. Welty writes "She carried a thin, small cane made from an umbrella, and with this she kept tapping the frozen earth in front of her, this made a grave and persistent noise in the still air, that seemed meditative like a chirping of a solitary little bird." (Page 525) Welty also describes, " Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and ass though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead, but a golden color ran underneath, and the two knobs of her cheeks were illuminated be a yellow burning under the dark." (Page 525) In these descriptions, Welty describes Phoenix as an actual Phoenix bird.The First few steps in this journey, Phoenix says "Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons, and wild animals!... Keep out from under my feet, little bob whites... Keep big wild hogs out of my path". (Page 525) old Phoenix is referring that the little bob-whites was a form of good luck and that the bob-whites will keep everything out of her path. Next in the journey, Old Phoenix gets her blouse caught in a thorn bush. While trying to get her blouse free of the thorns, Phoenix is trembling and frustrated. Then after untangling her blouse she say's, "Sun so High". (Page 526) Phoenix is referring that it is getting late in the day.So she goes on as if she knows she could walk the path with her eyes closed. On Her way Phoenix came upon to a log that she needed to get over. With no trouble Phoenix stepped over the log. After doing so, she had to sit down for a rest. In Welty story, "She did not dare to close her eyes, and when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marblecake on it, she spoke to him. "That would be acceptable," she said. But when she went to take it there was just her hand in the air." One would think that she was hallucinating. In assumption she was probably remembering one of her past journeys where a boy did give her the...

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