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In A Worn Path the author Eudora Welty describes an old black woman and her journey through the woods into town Phoenix Jackson the old woman obviously was very poor 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 shoesWelty 132 Shes careful throughout the story not to rip her clothes along the path because she can not afford new clothes Phoenix never had the opportunity to be educated either She talks in incomplete sentences saying things like I going to town Welty 134 and Who you watching Welty 133 However these things do not stop Phoenix from her journey It is quite obvious that Phoenix Jackson is a very determined sneaky loving and brave person Welty shows that Phoenix Jackson is determined by proving that for her grandson she will do anything Phoenix travels very far through the paths in the woods for her grandsons medicine She is very committed to him in keeping him alive The path she had to take was very dangerous and Phoenix was extremely old and had very poor eyesight Phoenix first encounters several wild animals She simply tells them Out of my way all you foxes owls beetles jack rabbits coons and Miller 2 wild animalsKeep out from under these feet little bob-whitesKeep the big wild hogs out of my path Dont let none of those come running in my direction I got a long way Welty 136 She had to trust her feet and her memory to get to town Even when she met the hunter and he told her that she was way too old to go all the way to town by herself she replied I bound to go to town
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