A worn path

In Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” the problem of the story wasn’t clear in the beginning of the story. Why was Phoenix Jackson, a sick old black lady in the forest by herself in the winter? The reason became clear going towards the end of the story; that she was out hunting for her grandson’s medicine. Things were very bad for Phoenix because she had to walk from her countryside home to the city to get the medicine. Those weren’t Phoenix’s only problems; she was very old, she wasn’t in good health, her grandson’s throat was hurting and she was very poor. In Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” Welty uses several images to show the reader the burning and the rising of Phoenix Jackson’s life. Usually, for older aged people there are benefits for those who can’t do for themselves. There are various organizations that help people who are over aged. They also have services that provide for them such as “The Emergency Truck” and “Meals on Wheels.” Why wasn’t anyone delivering the medicine to Phoenix so she wouldn’t have to walk in to town? The people from the medical center knew about Phoenix’s grandson and they didn’t try to help her out with a ride or anything. They didn’t respect Phoenix’s age at all seeing that she was in bad shape and very old. In these days older aged people demand their respect and they get it. “She carried a thin, small cane made from an umbrella, and with this she kept tapping the frozen earth in front of her.” The problem was mainly Phoenix’s health. (In the quotation just written when Welty mentioned it, that lets the reader know that Phoenix couldn’t see well. The reader also knows that she isn’t blind, she just couldn’t see well because of her tapping on the ground in front of her. Phoenix should have never had to go in the forest under any circumstances because of her health conditions.) (Welty also …

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