Essay on A Worn Path

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“A Worn Path” “A Worn Path” is a story of determination and true strength of a grandmother through her journey to her grandson’s salvation. The title itself explores a cyclical path that each of us encounters in our lives and will continue to do so in the future. “The Worn Path” begins and ends throughout the course of Phoenix Jackson’s journey. In the story "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, an old woman whose human spirit is full of devotion, dignity and high drive overcomes tremendous impediments of life in the name of love for her grandson.

Phoenix’s feebleness is evident through a description given portraying her as an elderly worn out woman whose hindered walk resembled “pendulum of a grandfather’s clock”. Her weaknesses
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Despite these physical ailments, Phoenix faces her senile state of mind, leaving her with a trail of delusions of fear. Yet, the resilience that Phoenix exhibits urges her to move past the hallucinations invading her mind.

Phoenix’s state of mind comes to a halt upon her encounter with the young hunter. He is her opposite in every way. The hunter is a young, white male whose exuberance for the thrill of hunting and the chase of life makes him arrogant. He comes to her rescue with a thrust which Welty describes as “he lifted her up, gave her a swing in the air, and set her down,” as if flaunting his superior strength. The bigger picture on this scenario shows the discriminatory relationship between the hunter and Phoenix. She is an elderly woman who has years of life experience behind her, while he is a young lad. Despite this fact, Phoenix refers to him in a formal manner as “Sir”, while he refers to her as “Granny”. This displays the controversial attempts of segregating and setting the places for the races of those times.

At times of prejudice societies, Phoenix’s crime of taking the nickel would not be justified by her poverty. She posed a great danger to herself when she ceased this opportunity. Although Phoenix felt that her actions would be excused by her necessity for her grandson’s well-being, she believed that even if the hunter would not punish her, God will. Since she is a God-fearing woman, she realized that she has broken one of

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