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The short story A Worn Path by Eudora Welty is a tale of a Phoenix Jacksons journey through the woods to get into town The story is about an elderly African American woman who is in desperate need to obtain medicine for her very sickly grandchild During Phoenixs journey she encounters many obstacles along the way but still she continues to overcome and pulls her way through Throughout the story the theme is shown in her character and the obstacles she faces The obstacles involve self-sacrifice pride determination perseverance and trials and tribulation The themes that are shown are from what she encounters throughout Phoenixs journey Welty begins the story with her first obstacle which is the worn path and journey itself for the reason that she has poor vision walks with a cane and is in no condition to climb a hill and cross a river Even though Phoenix is aware of all of her health complications she has that doesnt stop her from her goal Out of my way all you foxes owls beetlesKeep the big wild hogs out of my path Dont let none of those Welty 92 Phoenix pushes through the path that can cause danger to her with perseverance She values her responsibility and obligation for her grandson she builds up courage and inner strength in order to reach her goal Nevertheless her strong desire to complete her responsibility for grandson keeps her continuing the journey and she doesnt think of giving upThe second obstacle appears when she meets a racist white hunter As a racist he looks down on her and even mocks her by saying I know you old colored people Wouldnt miss going to town to see Santa Claus Welty 94Phoenix keeps her thoughts to herself and pays her disrespect back by ignoring him When she ignores the hunter that shows her inner strength and determination she is too focused and motivated to have a pointless
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