“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
mply states, "Thorns, you doing your appointed work. "A WornPath" shows how, despite numerous setbacks, a person can achieve his or her ultimategoal. A young white man came and "saved" Phoenix. " After crossing a creek and escaping a barbed-wire fence, she continued her voyage intotown. Her countless obstacles continued when she attempted toscale the steps leading into the doctor"tms office. Uponreaching the city, it greets Phoenix with all the lights and euphoria surrounding acommunity during the holidays. After arriving at the doctor"tms office,Phoenix nearly forgot why she had come. She soon remembered that she had come to the doctorto get more medicine for her ailing grandson. Before parting wayswith the hunter, Phoenix "discovers" a previously dropped nickel on the ground. With no time toreact, 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 usedthe money gained from the hunter and from the attendant to purchase a paper windmill forher grandson. However, not even this setback could deterPhoenix from completing her task. The mancontinually insulted Phoenix"tms intelligence by calling her "Granny" and making thefollowing comment, "I know you old colored people! Wouldn"tmt miss going to town to seeSanta Claus!" Despite the jolt to her pride, Phoenix remained upbeat.