Analysis Of Eudora Welty 's ' A Worn Path ' Essay

791 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Perseverance “A Worn Path,” written by Eudora Welty, is a story about an old lady, Phoenix Jackson, who faces obstacles of a poor life during the most repressed era of American History, The Great Depression. Like Phoenix Jackson, poor people in the south endure many struggles during this time period when racial tensions are high. Phoenix Jackson overcomes negativity, difficulty, and impatience; however, she never loses sight of the importance of her biannual trip to get medicine for her sick grandson. First, Phoenix Jackson encounters a white hunter whose sole purpose is to discourage her from continuing her trip to town after he sees her fallen on her back. Eudora Welty’s use of words for the white hunter gives the reader insight of his negative attitude towards people of color: “I know you colored people! Wouldn’t miss going to town to see Santa Clause!” (Welty para 45). Even though Phoenix Jackson encounters negativity, she presses on with her very important biannual trip to town. Roland Bartel suggests in his article “Life and Death in Eudora Welty’s ‘A Worn Path’” “that the story operates on the psychological level also, [and] Phoenix Jackson must make the journey to sustain her own life …. her character becomes unusually poignant …. the possibility that her grandson is, in fact, dead” (Bartel 289). Even though she encounters the negative and psychological temptation of giving up, Phoenix Jackson goes the distance and overcomes all obstacles that stand in her…

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