It was December—a bright frozen day in the early morning. Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a. an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods. Her name was Phoenix Jackson. She was very old and small. Eudora Welty's ''A Worn Path,'' first published in Atlantic Monthly in February, , is the tale of Phoenix. Jackson's journey through the woods.

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A Worn Path - Download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt ) or read online. Summary: “A Worn Path” is a short story written by Eudora Welty in The story is set on the. Natchez Trace and the town of Natchez, MS. The protagonist is . File Size: 33 kb nvrehs.infot_worksheet. docx. File Size: 15 File Size: .

You see one about a hero on an epic hero facing grueling terrain, battling a ghost, staring down the barrel of a gun, and army-crawling under barbed-wire fence. This hero, Phoenix Jackson, is one fierce lady, determined to come through her ordeal successfully no matter what comes her way. Sounds cool, right? Like a good gig for Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson? This could very well be a movie trailer for Eudora Welty 's O. Henry Award winning short story "A Worn Path. For one thing, Phoenix is old—like, really old. And the journey is not exactly an Odysseus voyage to distant lands, but rather a walk from her home in the country to town where she needs to get medicine for her grandson. So that grueling terrain? It's some hills, fields, and a creek. And that ghost? Yeah, it's just a scarecrow. Phoenix really does find herself staring down the barrel of a gun, though, thanks to a hunter who puts one right in her face.

Eudora Welty is the author of an acclaimed short story, A Worn Path, that embarks upon this social problem from the viewpoint of Phoenix Jackson, and old woman who, despite her age and disabilities, roams a arduous path bearing many sorts of jeopardies for the sake of obtaining a medication for her diseased grandson.

The imagery and symbolism presented throughout the narration succeed in conveying an in-depth perception of the social reality at the time of the story in conjunction with a stirring message of love, charity, and hopefulness. Racial injustice presents itself a the central theme throughout the narration.

Depicted by the encounter with the man who condescendingly called her "Granny" and pointed her with a gun, or the attendant's situation, in which Phoenix is discourteously marked as "charity," Eudora creates an atmosphere of inequality.

Moreover, Phoenix communicative and language skills show her, probably exaggerated, lack of education.

Simultaneously, perseverance is also a constant motif, illustrated by emphasizing several obstacles encountered in the course of her travel, such as thorny bushes, barbed-wire fences and dog encounters. Perhaps, it can be interpreted as an attitude towards combating racism, as well as the power of love and compassion. As they part ways, she hears his gun going off repeatedly in the distance.

Instead he tells her to keep to her place in society—in her rural home. He then lies about not having any money — his lost nickel proves that he did at least have that. Is God watching the hunter as he threatens and lies, too? Reaching Natchez, Phoenix hears the bells ringing.

Rather than the city being a place of comfort for Phoenix, it is a place of disorientation. Yet Phoenix is guided by instinct borne over many trips to make it to her destination.

She has worn a path through the city. Phoenix is aware that country clothes are inappropriate in the city. Phoenix enters the big building and climbs up flights of stairs until her feet tell her where to stop.

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She enters a room and sees a document with a gold seal in a gold frame. The document is a diploma. At this Phoenix comes back to herself and explains that she hard forgotten why she had made her trip. Yet Phoenix is immediately, and once again, accosted by a condescending figure of white authority.

The nurse , speaking loudly and slowly, suggests that the grandson will never heal.

After this the nurse reveals that the doctor has said that as long as Phoenix can come get it, he will provide the medicine as charity. She takes the coin without hesitation, if carefully. The free medicine exists both as charity and imposition, showing the city to be a place of nominal caring but also a place of harshness and practicality.

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Phoenix has enough dignity to both name the terms of the amount, and to accept the charity without self-denigration. The gift is something that harnesses nature into both energy and beauty—it is something that represents hope, that maybe, just maybe, will help spur her grandson to push on and extend the worn path a little farther.

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They're like having in-class notes for every discussion! Get the Teacher Edition. So keep reading. At first blush, this story might seem hard to get into. Sure, we all love grandmas—they knit us blankets and make us cookies—but how much can we really relate to them?

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And Phoenix might seem especially un-relatable because she is not just old, but also from a different time. Complicating things further is the fact that she is a social outsider in pretty much every way possible. As an extremely poor black woman living in the Jim Crow South, Phoenix is about as far to the periphery of society as a person can get.

Even though most of us have probably never had to deal with hardships as trying as Phoenix's, there are some things about her tale that might remind us of our own lives. Many of us have probably felt alone or beaten down at some point or another, so we have that in common with Phoenix. Many of us also might know what it's like to want to reach a goal so badly that nothing will stop us. Phoenix definitely knows what that feels like. And many of us probably have loved ones we would sacrifice anything for, which is exactly how Phoenix feels about her grandson.

In short, even if we are vastly different than someone, there are some universal struggles and emotions we can all say been there to.

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