An Evaluation of “A Worn Path”

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An Evaluation of “A Worn Path” ENG125 07/22/12 The worn path written by Eudora Welty (1941) is a great short story about Phoenix Jackson, an old African American woman who beats all odds to make a trip into town for medicine for her grandson, she overcomes many challenges that test her courage and will. Because of her loyalty and love, Phoenix has sacrificed her own well-being on this dangerous path for the well-being of her grandson. The worn path theme is the love and dedication she has for her grandson. The term “worn path” symbolizes how much she cares for her grandson; the author uses several different literary techniques in the third person point of view to keep us interested. Using the third person point of view…show more content…
When asked from the staff the purpose of her visit, Phoenix could not remember. A nurse coms in and asked about her grandson and she still did not remember for a while. The climax occurs when Phoenix recovers from a memory lapse and discusses her grandson 's condition with the nurse. At this time, the reader understands the purpose of her journey to Natchez and that she regularly makes this journey out of love for the child. When asked about her grandson, she apparently forgot. To conclude, the main theme in this story is love and it’s followed by perseverance, racial prejudice, and redemption. Phoenix beat all odd to take care of her grandson’s need. The medicine was for her grandson throat after swallowing lye. There was no guarantee the medicine would work or not, however it was obviously worth the try. Her love is further demonstrated when she was given a nickel by the nurse as a Christmas gift and used the only two nickels she had to by her grandson a gift, which was a paper windmill. Because of her loyalty and love, Phoenix has sacrificed her own well-being on this dangerous path for the well-being of her grandson References Sykes, D. J. (1998). Welty 's The Worn Path. Explicator, 56(3), 151. Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved from
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