Phoenix In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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In “A Worn Path”, enduring is the word that best describes Phoenix because she undergoes issues with her mind, an arduous journey, and a racist man. First of all, Phoenix perseveres through all of the mental problems that she has. The narrator says, “She did not dare to close her eyes, and when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marble-cake on it she spoke to him. "That would be acceptable," she said. But when she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air” Phoenix obviously has issues when it comes to her mind. She imagines ridiculous scenarios and believes that they are real. Luckily, these mental problems do not cause her to give up on herself. Additionally, Welty writes, “At last there came a flicker and then a flame of comprehension across her face, and she spoke. "My grandson. It was my …show more content…

There I sat and forgot why I made my long trip." "Forgot?" The nurse frowned. "After you came so far?" Phoenix fails to remember her grandson, who is the reason she has to make a dangerous trip. After she realizes this, she does not get embarrassed and feel defeated, like some people with memory problems. She just continues on with her trip so that she can get her grandson’s medicine. Secondly, Phoenix overcomes difficult and harmful circumstances while she is making the adventure to the city. Welty writes, “I in the thorny bush," she said. "Thorns, you doing your appointed work. Never want to let folks pass, no sir”. While Phoenix is on her way, her dress unfortunately gets caught in a bush. This complicates what she is going through, especially since she has so much trouble with making sure that her dress does not tear. Additionally, the narrator says, “So she left that tree, and had to go through a barbed-wire fence. There she had to

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