Love Conquers All in A Worn Path
Love is a strong force. Love can make a person do strange and sometimes heroic things. Eudora Welty introduces us to Phoenix Jackson in "A Worn Path," a story about the love that a woman feels for her grandson. Through the actions of Phoenix Jackson, the reader learns that love can conquer anything. This theme is demonstrated through Phoenix's determination, her ability to overcome obstacles, and her reaction to the employees at the clinic.
Phoenix Jackson is an old woman. The politically correct term "elderly" does not accurately describe just how old she is. She does not see well anymore, she walks with a cane to assist her unsteady gait, and she occasionally imagines objects that are not truly there. Despite her age and the frailties it brings, Phoenix is a strong woman. The fact that Phoenix walks all the way into town at her age is a sure sign of determination. She is determined to get to town in order to get medicine for her grandson, who will surely die without it. The trip is a long one, even for a young person, and treacherous for one so old as Phoenix. Even when the hunter she meets on the way tells her she should go home, she does not give up, responding to him that she is "bound to go on [her] way" (366).
Phoenix overcomes many obstacles on her way to town. She quickly gets her dress caught on a thorny bush, but manages to work it free from the thorns without tearing it. She crosses a creek by walking across a log with her eyes shut, feeling her way with her cane. When she comes to a barbed-wire fence, she must climb through it, "spreading her knees and stretching her...