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by Eudora Welty

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She wore a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with a full pocket: all neat and tidy, but every time she took a step she might have fallen over her shoelaces, which dragged from her unlaced shoes.

She wore a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with a full pocket: all neat and tidy, but every time she took a step she might have fallen over her shoelaces, which dragged from her unlaced shoes. She looked straight ahead. Her eyes were blue with age.

19 May 2015 Dermot Eudora Welty Cite Post. In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty we have the theme of struggle, sacrifice, determination, perseverance, selflessness and love. Taken from her A Curtain of Green and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Welty may be using the setting of the story to explore the theme of struggle. Throughout Phoenix’s journey into town there is a sense that she is struggling, that in many ways she is being hindered in her attempt to get into town.

Eudora Welty makes alive such a non-entity here, and exhibits a powerful, sympathetic insight into the mind of an inconsequential life. Jul 01, 2016 Bobbie rated it it was amazing.

A Curtain of Green, 1941. The Wide Net and Other Stories, 1943. Music from Spain, 1948.

American short story writer and novelist. The book established Welty as one of American literature's leading lights, and featured the stories "Why I Live at the . "Petrified Man", and the frequently anthologized "A Worn Path". Excited by the printing of Welty's works in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, the Junior League of Jackson, of which Welty was a member, requested permission from the publishers to reprint some of her works. A Curtain of Green, 1941.

Harcourt brace & company. San diego new york london. Edward Weeks took "A Worn Path" for The Atlantic Monthly in 1941. He had opened the door. Diarmuid Russell was thus eventually able to interest a publisher in a first book of stories by a writer hardly known, true, but now in print.

A Worn Path ~ A Classic American Short Story by Eudora Welty (1909-2001) It was December-a . Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods.

A Worn Path ~ A Classic American Short Story by Eudora Welty (1909-2001) It was December-a bright frozen day in the early morning. Her name was Phoenix Jackson.

Eudora Welty, Jackson, Mississippi. In 1942, Welty followed with a very different book, a novella partaking of folklore, fairy tale, and Mississippi’s legendary history.

A Worn Path, by Eudora Welty, is a story of a fierce old woman, and of a love that knows no bounds. This Buzzle article provides a summary and analysis of this moving story. Very Real Inspiration Before writing 'The Worn Path', Eudora Welty was a publicity agent for Works Progress Administration in the '30s. During that time, she captured many moments of the rural life of black Americans on her camera. Phoenix Jackson's story is very similar to the women she came across at the time

makes it clear that she has no time for the barriers that are being thrown across her path. She knows that her life. Speaker Road Life Paths.

makes it clear that she has no time for the barriers that are being thrown across her path.

An elderly black woman who lives out in the country makes the long and arduous journey into town, as she has done many times in the past.

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I have been a member of a short story club for over thirty years. We select two short stories each month and meet at the different houses and discuss them. We would meet 6 to 8 times a year so you can see we have discussed over 300 short stories.

Many of the stories I have forgotten but a few have make a lasting impression on me. One such story is Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path.” The story opens with Phoenix Jackson, an old frail Negro woman out in the country walking from side to side like a pendulum in a grandfather clock. She is alone and carries the pole of an umbrella as a walking stick. She has many obstacles on the way such as wild animals that might trip her, a thorn bush, a big log to climb over, and find her way through a field of corn stalks without any pass through them. Yet she seems to accept these obstacles with a resignation and with a reverence for their right of expression. For example, she says, “Out of my way all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons, and wild animals! … Don’t let none of those come running in my direction. I’ve got a long way.” Reminding me of Kazantzakis’ St. Francis[i],“As he sloshed through the mud, ‘Sister Mud, Brother Wind.`”

After climbing a hill, Phoenix thinks, “Seems like there are chains around my feet. Something always takes a hold of me up this hill-pleads I should stay.” When her dress catches in the thorny bush she says, “Thorns, you doing your appointed work. Never want to let folks pass. No sir. Old eyes thought you were a pretty little green bush.”

She is optimistic imagining a boy has brought her a slice of marble cake but when she reaches out she finds that just her hand is in the air. Because it is December, she is grateful that the snakes are now out and also that is not the season for bulls. This imagining that it could be worse, calls to mind a stoic strategy of thinking about a worse scenario and realising that it is that that bad after all. A dog knocks her down and she lies there until a hunter comes along and picks her up. He suggests she goes home but she says, “No sir, I’m going to town.”

Later we realize that she had no chance to go to school because of the Civil War. At the hospital the nurse recognizes her and asks how her grandson is doing and we learned that her grandson swallowed lye two to three years ago… “And every little while his throat begins to close up again. Sometimes he has trouble getting his breath, and he is not able to help himself.” “My little grandson,” she says, “He sits there in the house all wrapped up waiting by himself… we as the only two left in the world. He suffers and it don’t seem to put him back all at all he got a sweet look he’s going to last… I could tell him from all the others in creation.”

When she gets the medicine she buys her child a paper windmill. She says, “He is going to find it hard to believe such a thing in the world. I’ll march myself back where he’s waiting, holding it straight up in this hand.”

This is the story of the grit and one does not have to have an education to perform the heroic. This is a story that inspires, that obstacles can be overcome if we set our minds to it are hold the course to it and it is so much easier to do this if one is doing it for love.

One of the members of our short story group, asked if we thought that this story would endure? I hope so, because is this story not an incantation for what is most noble in us: grit, optimism, reverence for all we chance to meet and despite the obstacles, staying the course for those entrusted to our care?

John Mary Meagher ( author of Medicine Mistakes and the Reptilian Brain)

[i] Nikos Kazantzakis: Saint Francis
"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path", is a heartfelt short story that touches the soul. The main character, Phoenix Jackson, is elderly black woman who must trek from her home across the countryside and return with medicine for her ailing grandson.
There are several symbolisms used to illustrate the theme from religion to the use of Egyptian lure. The most profound aspect is the perseverance of Phoenix and the obstacle she faced. Her age is her biggest adversary and although she walks with a shabby cane it's more of a shuffle," [she walks] slowly...from side to side...like a pendulum on a grandfather clock"(p. 799). Her body is so aged she can't even bend to keep her shoelaces, if she remembers. An obvious conflict, the hunter comes to aid when falls in a ditch after fending off a wild dog. Due to the setting of the era in south, slavery provided the major means for income for most land owners. The white hunter may have had these values passed to him from his forefathers but for a freed slave; who faces such turmoil in her lifespan free isn't an option. He is impressed by her lack of fear when threatened and allows Phoenix to continue her appointed duty.
Welty specifically used a black woman, an old black woman to convey a true sense of poverty. Who else could have had such an impact on the story? Poverty has been a conflict for most southern blacks faced in this era, including the slave born Phoenix. She even resorted to stealing," god watching me the whole time. I came to stealing," picking up the nickel the Hunter unnoticeably dropped.
Phoenix aging mind is the prevalent antagonist; at the start of this journey she calls to all wild animals to stand clear of her path. The assumption is that on or more of these journeys; animals slowed her down on similar trips. She even postulates seeing a two headed snake, which mostly two snakes fighting; with her weak sight she could not be sure. Her mental state is questioned even more when she imagines a little boy offering her marble cake. Could it be a past memory or signs of dementia? Through the corn fields she sees a ghost and ask, "who be you the ghost of," to her relief its nothing but a scarecrow(p. 801). Next, once in the building, presumably a hospital or clinic, her mind goes blank and she forgets why she is there. She says, "It was my memory had left me", when questioned by the nurse(p. 804). Finally, the nurse ask "Forgot ...After you came so far", and with belittle faced she explained her lack of education may have played a factor in her memory(p. 804). Which brings us to the last question, is he alive?
The title leads us to believe the path Phoenix takes is worn but with so unfamiliar obstacles she must overcome is it truly worn. Besides, it's her feet not her eyes that get her to her appointed place; "Old Phoenix would have been lost if she had not distrusted her eyesight and depended on her feet"(p. 803) Makes you wonder, that her grandson's fate is sealed in the hands of a dying woman yet she still makes the trip down a worn path.
Source: Short Story Criticism, 2012 A. Miller
This story isn't shabby, considering the exposition being a cold, chilly afternoon. The narration is nothing fancy, and there's no mega flashbacks so you can easily follow and feel the emotions and thoughts of this little, old, colored lady with a red hood. Good story.
"A Worn Path" was about an old black grandmother named Phoenix. She had a sick grandson and was very determined to keep him alive. During this story she faced alot of obstacles but, nothing could keep her from getting the proper medication for her grandson. This is story that shows many different things but, one important thing stuck to me from reading this story. Because this story's setting was set around Christmas time, the word "Charity" is mentioned in the story. It made me wonder...is the money or personal sacrifice most important in charity.
A Worn Path download epub
Literature & Fiction
Author: Eudora Welty
ISBN: 0886824710
Category: Teen & Young Adult
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Creative Co (November 1, 1991)