The Character of Phoenix Jackson in Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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The Character of Phoenix Jackson in Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

'A Worn Path' is the tale of the unstoppable love and care of a grandmother for her grandchild. Phoenix Jackson is Eudora Welty's main character and protagonist in A Worn Path.? Phoenix is an old, frail woman who attempts to proceed on a long and treacherous journey through the woods to Natchez. Phoenix strives forward despite frequent obstacles in her way that include her own failing health and her grandchild's slim chance of survival. As she takes this prolonged trek across the woods, many of her characteristics are revealed. Her tenacity, senility, and consideration that she displays throughout her long worn path emphasize her character.

Phoenix's precarious
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Do not let none of those come running my direction. I got a long way (Welty 151).

She is determined to go down that path despite anything that might come between her and getting the medicine for her grandson. This shows that her body may be worn out, but the attitude that she takes and desire that she has in order to get the medicine for her grandson are not. Phoenix also knows that she has a long journey, but none of these animals or anything else phases her because she is a brave and strong-willed person, and she will do whatever it takes to care for her grandson.

Throughout the story, Phoenix exhibits signs of senility and delusions including her meeting with a scarecrow, which she initially thinks, is a man. Even though Phoenix(tm)s old age might have little affect on her, her feet are what lead her as she makes her way through the woods to the medical office in Natchez once a year. The trek is especially difficult because of her age, and in the process of struggling on she forgets the reason for the struggle? (Isaacs 37). Her senility is an implication that she will consequently not be able to make her long journey. Each time she makes her journey, her steps tend to get slower and slower. When Phoenix enters the medical office, she does not speak and appears disoriented. One of the

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