Summary of Eudora Welty

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“A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty details the struggles of an old woman and the ultimate triumph of her perseverance. The story opens with Phoenix Jackson beginning her arduous journey down the path towards town. Along the path, she encounters many obstacles that hinder her progress. Phoenix’s first roadblock, a hill, she climbs very slowly. Her next trial comes when her dress catches a thorn bush. These experiences do not faze Phoenix at all. She si Continue...


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mply states, "Thorns, you doing your appointed work. "A Worn Path shows how, despite numerous setbacks, a person can achieve his or her ultimate goal. A young white man came and "saved Phoenix. After crossing a creek and escaping a barbed-wire fence, she continued her voyage into town. Her countless obstacles continued when she attempted to scale the steps leading into the doctor's office. Upon reaching the city, it greets Phoenix with all the lights and euphoria surrounding a community during the holidays. After arriving at the doctor's office, Phoenix nearly forgot why she had come. She soon remembered that she had come to the doctor to get more medicine for her ailing grandson. Before parting ways with the hunter, Phoenix "discovers a previously dropped nickel on the ground. With no time to react, Phoenix fell into a ditch. Suddenly, a black dog came out of the weeds and ran at Phoenix. In yet another act of kindness, Phoenix used the money gained from the hunter and from the attendant to purchase a paper windmill for her grandson. However, not even this setback could deter Phoenix from completing her task. The man continually insulted Phoenix's intelligence by calling her "Granny and making the following comment, "I know you old colored people! Wouldn't miss going to town to see Santa Claus! Despite the jolt to her pride, Phoenix remained upbeat.