A Worn Path By Eudora Welty

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Slave narratives became a big part of African-American literature in the 19th century. These narratives were told by former slaves in which they depicted the reality of slavery and the escape to freedom. Whereas, America did eventually witness the freeing of slaves and somewhat of equality, the difficulties faced by African Americans, particularly racism, has never completely diminished. In this paper, I will argue that “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty mirrors that of a slave narrative while at the same time illustrates the racism that blacks faced while on their journey to equality. Great descriptions are used to illustrate Phoenix Jackson. In the beginning, Welty states that Phoenix has her head tied in a red rag with a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops and an equally long apron (274). Kevin Moberly notes in his article, “Toward the North Star: Eudora Welty 's ‘A Worn Path’ and the Slave Narrative Tradition” how a critic points out that Phoenix seems to be “wearing the traditional garb of slavery” (113). This assumption would make sense if Phoenix were a “house slave” who worked in her owner’s home cooking the meals for him and his family. Furthermore, the story mentions that Phoenix is an old woman, but it does not give a precise age, so the reader, characters, and even Phoenix herself do not know how old she is. For instance, when the hunter is introduced he asks, "How old are you, Granny?" “There is no telling mister,” she said, “no telling" (278). This

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