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A Worn Path written by Eudora Welty is simple story about an elderly womans journey into town The main character Phoenix Jackson is a poor African American woman who suffers from common geriatric conditions such as senility and fragility Phoenix is very determined to complete her task she must triumph over various obstacles including terrain and prejudice The reason for her journey which the reader discovers at the conclusion is to receive medicine for her sick grandson who has a chronic throat condition caused by drinking lye Despite her age and handicaps Phoenix has a very strong personality trait of stubbornness that gives her the ability to overcome nearly impossible odds When the reader discovers the reasoning for her journey it causes the reader to have further respect for her Her abilities and willingness are ironic from the stereotypical concepts of most elderly people who are considered dependent and lazy She adjusts to painstaking situations and becomes an independent person through her determination which is fueled by the love for her grandson Through her love and devotion she is blinded from the peril and difficulty of her task At first glance Phoenix seems incapable of completing her journey but later the reader discovers that she is in fact quite able Near the beginning of the story after Phoenix has traveled some distance she goes to sit down and the reader feels that she cannot proceed but the reader is soon mistaken Immediately after Phoenix sits she closes her eyes and has a hallucination The hallucination is that of a boy who offers Phoenix a slice of marble cake Phoenix temps the offer and when she puts out her hands to accept the cake she gets snapped back into reality and the apparition disappears This brief scene represents many things that are relevant to the story The child represents a manifestation of her sick grandson Her love for her grandson is so great that the dementia
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