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In A Worn Path Eudora Weltys plot is not all that clear in the beginning of hershort story but progresses as her character carries on against all of the overwhelmingforces against her In this short story a black elderly woman Phoenix Jackson mustovercome the odds against her as she valiantly travels through many obstacles in order tocontribute to the wellness of her grandson for whom she is making this trip down aworn path It is at this point that all of Weltys readers hearts open up to this poorelderly woman as she makes an attempt to carry on her love for her grandson by taking along journey down a familiar path in order to get medication that seems to help ease hissickness pains However there are many forces against Phoenix that Welty includes inher story in order to make Phoenixs adventure end in a victory Poverty old age andher journey through the woods are all of the odds which Phoenix must overcomePoverty is a major hardship that most of us will never have to face but inPhoenixs case poverty is present everyday in her and her grandsons life Since she is inthis state of poverty Phoenix is not able to enjoy lifes luxuries as others do and mustmake do with what she can As she begins her journey it becomes clear that she lacksthe money to pay for transportation to and from town therefore she starts down her path carrying a thin small cane made from an umbrella 132 Although Welty never reallyemphasizes what this is used for the reader can assume that she uses it because she doesnot have the money to buy the actual cane needed to help her walk properly Anotherconflict dealing with poverty arouses when she feels it necessary to steal from a hunter she encounters in the woods While the hunter walks away her sneaky fingers sliddown and along the ground under the piece of money with grace and care
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