Essay about Eudora Welty 's A Worn Path

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A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty is a short story in which fulfills all aspects of literary ideas. Phoenix Jackson’s only real motivation for living is to help keep her young grandson alive. While there are a multitude of literary elements and devices throughout the story, some of the first ones have the biggest impact. She makes this trek continuously, and as she nears the end of her old life, she will nourish her grandson back to health. Her journey to Natchez is filled with some hindrances, but can mainly be broken down into the physical, social, and mental obstacles that stand in her way. Welty utilizes numerous nature symbols to illustrate Phoenix strong will and determination. These symbols come at a few different points in the story and show how Phoenix battles nature to get what she needs medication for her grandson. The first obstacle Phoenix runs into is the hill. Each time she comes to climb the hill, Phoenix says it appears as though there are "chains about my feet" (Phoenix 649). This hill symbolizes the hard times that Phoenix has to endure to get the things she needs. Phoenix could have given up and surrendered when confronted with many hindrances she has to face in life, yet she continues to push forward. After Phoenix reaches the top, of the hill she gives “a full severe look behind where she had come” (Welty 649). The climb was difficult, but Phoenix does not let that get in her way of continuing the path.
Before overcoming this obstacle down the hill, a bush…

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