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A Worn Path In the short story A Worn Path written by Eudora Welty she talks about a journey that an old under-educated African American women named Phoenix Jackson takes This old woman lived in the back woods of Natchez Trace She had to walk ever so far to a little town to get her grandson medicine During this journey she encounters different hurdles that would be easy for a younger person to accomplish In this short story Phoenixs thoughts are written down in a manner as a child was speaking which is somewhat confusing and hard to understand In the first few paragraphs of the short store Welty describes Phoenix Welty writes She carried a thin small cane made from an umbrella and with this she kept tapping the frozen earth in front of her this made a grave and persistent noise in the still air that seemed meditative like a chirping of a solitary little bird Page 525 Welty also describes Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and ass though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead but a golden color ran underneath and the two knobs of her cheeks were illuminated be a yellow burning under the dark Page 525 In these descriptions Welty describes Phoenix as an actual Phoenix bird The First few steps in this journey Phoenix says Out of my way all you foxes owls beetles jack rabbits coons and wild animals Keep out from under my feet little bob whites Keep big wild hogs out of my path Page 525 old Phoenix is referring that the little bob-whites was a form of good luck and that the bob-whites will keep everything out of her path Next in the journey Old Phoenix gets her blouse caught in a thorn bush While trying to get her blouse free of the thorns Phoenix is trembling and frustrated Then after untangling
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