A Worn Path By Eudora Welty Essays

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A Worn Path During our life we face many challenges. We have the ability to either choose to face them or run from them. Some challenges can be more difficult than others, for we are alone to face them. We encounter many crossroads during our journeys where we have to choose which path we take in life. Sometimes we open a door just to see that on the other side there is another closed door. Even though sometimes we are defeated by challenges they make us stronger and give us the ability to keep going. In the short story A Worn Path written by Eudora Welty we see how challenges come in many ways, and yet we see an elderly woman called Phoenix Jackson overcame them, weather it is the natural world, society or her own mortality. The character of Phoenix Jackson is depicted as a “very old and small [with] her eyes were blue with age, her skin has a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles” (233). Phoenix Jackson embarks into a journey in order to acquire medicine for her sick grandson. Phoenix grandson is the only family she has left in the world. During this journey she is constantly challenged by the natural world. As she approaches the woods the first barrier that appeared is her way was a hill, where she said “seem like there is chains about my feet, time I get this far. Something always take a hold of me on this hill—pleads I should stay” (234). During her way down the hill she is confronted again, by a green bush with thorns that catches her dress. When…

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