A Worn Path By Eudora Welty Essay

1374 Words Aug 1st, 2015 6 Pages
“Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. Don’t let none of those come running my direction. I got a long way.” (Welty, 2013, p.22). In Eudora Welty’s 1941 short fiction “A Worn Path,” the audience is introduced to an elderly woman called Old Phoenix. Phoenix faces a path that she has traveled many times to obtain some medicine for her grandson’s health. However, Phoenix comes across many obstacles and social forces that make her journey strenuous. Although, she always makes her way through the path to collect her grandson’s medicine, the stories audience is able to witness a woman who is strong and motivated enough to complete her mission, but appears weak with old age. Welty’s journey throughout life reflects Phoenix’s struggles and desire to overcome real-life hurdles. During a time of depression Phoenix is a black woman raised in the south who suffers from old age, ill health, and acceptance; but finds the strength to face her challenges and overcome her obstacles.
As an African American woman raised in the state of Mississippi Phoenix struggles with what every black elderly woman struggles with, racism and immortality. Throughout her journey she gets her dress caught in a thorny bush. She is being pushed and knocked over by the harsh winds. Phoenix also, finds herself forced to climb a barbed-wire fence and pushed in a ditch by a hunter’s dog. Welty’s description of Phoenix’s journey helps her audience envision the obstacles placed in the woman’s path, which helps the…

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