Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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A Long Journey Eudora Alice Welty was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. Welty was born on April 19, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi and wrote the shorty story “A Worn Path” in 1941. Welty was awarded the presidential medal of freedom among numerous awards including the Order of The South. Eudora Welty passed away on July 23, 2001 in Jackson, MS at the age of 92, Welty lived a great life. In the story “A Worn Path,” by Eudora Welty, Phoenix Jackson’s characterization, symbolism/imagery, and conflict are shown while she is on a journey to get some medicine for her grandson. First of all, Welty represents characterization through Phoenix Jackson’s bravery and determination. The story states that, “She was very old and small and she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows”’ (275). As a very old woman it is not safe for Phoenix Jackson to be walking by herself in the dark woods rather should be at home. However this shows how brave Phoenix is going all this way when it is dark and going to go get medicine. Eudora Welty states, “But every time she took a step she might have…show more content…
The story states, “So she left that tree, and had to go through barbed-wire fence.” (276). Showing the difficulty Phoenix went through to get in town symbolizes her that she had to go through barbed-wire. However this symbolizes her couragesness and how much she really cares. Phoenix Jackson simply states, “You scarecrow, she said. Her face lighted. I ought to be shut up for good” (276). Phoenix thought the scarecrow was a ghost so she kind of was getting scared but when she found out it was not she laughed because she knew she was too old for this. However Phoenix kept going on her journey that shows how she symbolizes herself. Phoenix is not going to let some scarecrow and barbed-wire stop her from getting to town and helping her son and this symbolizes how brave Phoenix Jackson
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