Eudora Welty 's A Worn Path

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A very famous writer and novelist, Eudora Welty, has written many short stories and novels. Welty’s work is mainly focused with great precision on the regional manners of people inhabiting a small Mississippi town that resembles her own birthplace and the Delta country. Welty was born on April 13, 1909 and was raised by her close-knit and loving parents. In fact, Welty inherited the love of language from her mother. During her lifetime, Welty has earned many awards from her short stories and novel, such as the Pulitzer Prize that she won in 1973 after publishing “The Optimist’s Daughter”. On July 23, 2001, Eudora Welty died after suffering a cardiopulmonary.
Eudora Welty wrote the short story, “A Worn Path”, in order to show the human, racial, and societal issues that African-Americans had to endure during 1940s. She shows this through the use of symbolism, strong archetype, and a reliance on Christian faith.
“A Worn Path” was written by Eudora Welty after she sees an old African American lady walked on the Natchez Trace. Phoenix Jackson, the old African American lady, had to walk through the Natchez Trace path in order to get medicine for her grandson. The path was described as a long-suffering, struggling, and dangerous path. The Natchez Trace path also reminds us as the path that was used by protesters to march during the Civil War. The windmill that Jackson mentioned in the end of the story, explains that Jackson’s life is a cycle that she keeps on travelling…

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