Strength In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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The short story, “A Worn Path”, by Eudora Welty, the narrative is told from third person, limited to the main character, Phoenix’s, thoughts. The story takes place in the 1940’s, the main character being an older black woman making a journey through a forest by herself in order to reach town and get medicine for her sick grandson. Phoenix must climb steep hills, cross a wet log over a creek, and deal with the harsh treatment of the people she encounters on her way to the hospital to achieve her goal. Phoenix may be an old woman but that does not stop her from making this long and dangerous journey to get into town. The point of view Welty choses allows the reader to see Phoenix’s physical, emotional, and mental strength the reader would not have seen from first person. Without the narration of third person, the reader would not see these strengths because Phoenix would not share some of the details that a third person would. Through these demonstrations of strength, the reader admires Phoenix. Phoenix demonstrates physical strength throughout her journey toward…show more content…
As Phoenix is making her way through the forest she encounters a hunter. The hunter, a white man, “lifted his gun and pointed it at Phoenix” (para 51). The hunter is pointing his gun at Phoenix in an attempt to frighten her. Phoenix, “stood straight and faced him” (para 53). Phoenix stands her ground with the hunter after he points his weapon on her, unflinching. The hunter is pointing his gun at Phoenix with the intention of scaring her, “Doesn’t the gun scare you?’… ‘No sir, I seen plenty go off closer by, in my day” (para 54, 55). Phoenix is not scared in this situation because she has been in greater danger in the past. Phoenix’s emotional state is unwavering due to her emotional strength built up over time in these types of situation. With this demonstration of Phoenix’s emotional strength, the reader admires Phoenix
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