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Phoenix versus Phoenix Are They One in the Same A Worn Path was first published in Atlantic Monthly in 1941 and soon afterward was included in a book entitled The Wide Net and Other Stories In an interview with Atlantic Monthly the author Eudora Wetly said that she was inspired to write the story after seeing an old African-American woman walking alone across the Southern landscape Gale Research Unlike many of Eudora Weltys stories A Worn Path has a deceptively un-complex organization The major portion of this story simply recounts the journey of an old Negro woman into Natchez A city of southwest Mississippi on the Mississippi River at Christmas time to obtain medicine for her Grandson Underneath this seemingly na account lies a persistent annoying suggestion that there is more to the story than appears at a casual reading Jones par 2 In literature journeys are important the characters that go on journey usually learn something about themselves so that when they finish the journey they are not the same person they were when they began As in A Worn Path Weltys main character Phoenix Jackson learns of her resilience and perseverance in completing what seems to be an impossible journey The name Phoenix and the events of the story appear to parallel the legendary Phoenix bird that lived in Arabia According to tradition the phoenix consumed itself by fire every 500 years and a new young phoenix sprang from its ashes In the mythology of ancient Egypt the phoenix represented the sun which dies at night and is reborn in the morning Early Christian tradition adopted the phoenix as a symbol of both immortality and resurrection Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2003 By the end of the second paragraph the reader of A Worn Path may well suspect the name Phoenix is not a name chosen at random because it is not a very reasonable name for a Southern Negro woman The references at
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