Essay on Analysis Of The Short Story ' A Worn Path '

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After reading the short-story “A Worn Path”, it is absolutely evident that race was playing a role in how Phoenix was being treated Early on in the story there is mention of skin tone, "Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag" (1006). Among the several references to Phoenix’s race, the most significant of all is when she meets the hunter in the woods. He seems very nice at first, helping her up after she had fallen, but then he starts making subtle comments such as "I know you old colored people! Wouldn 't miss going to town to see Santa Clause!" (1009). He is very blunt and rude towards old Phoenix, and even goes as far as to point the barrel of his gun in her face while laughing. This shows that the hunter takes her life as a joke. When the hunter has the gun pointed at Phoenix he asks if she is scared, she calmly replies "No, sir, I seen plenty go off closer by, in my day, and for less than what I done" (1009).

“A Worn Path” was published in the year 1940, and during that time period The Great Depression was still present, but beginning to ease. Living during this time period was hard for all groups of Americans. Day to day living came with many struggles to the people. Along with the problems that The Great Depression caused, racism was alive and a major issue for a majority of the population. This would explain why Phoenix reacts very bravely towards the hunter since she has dealt with the difficulty of hatred for her race…

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