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Conflict in Eudora Weltys A Worn Path was not apparent at the beginning Why was an old sick woman in the forest during winter The reason became clear towards the end of the story revealing the obstacle was obtaining medicine for her grandson What kind of society did this woman live in that she had to go all the way from her home in the countryside to the city by herself to get the medicine The conflict is that of individual versus society and the four problems that Phoenix faces as a result of this were her old age health grandsons health and state of poverty Her eyes were blue with age Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles paragraph 2 This and many other quotations indicate Phoenix Jacksons old age Normally in society there are benefits and services for the elderly Perhaps Phoenix was too proud to ask The doctors from the medical building knew about the condition of Mrs Jacksons grandson however they did nothing to help They displayed the lack of respect that was present in the society either towards the poor or coloured The fact that Phoenix kept tapping the frozen earth mentioned in the first paragraph conveys that she may have been visually impaired Phoenix also suffered from an unfortunate condition senility She did not dare to close her eyes and when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marble-cake on itwhen she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air paragraph 15 This a one instance where Mrs Jackson hallucinates and talks to herself in the forest Phoenix did not let her disabilities hinder herAmerican society in the nineteen fortys did not provide free or assisted health care Phoenix was not ashamed to ask for extra pocket change from the medical attendant so that she could buy her grandson a windmill That nickel
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