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The Long Road Eudora Weltys short story A Worn Path is about a lonely elderly colored woman and her journey to get to town The main character fights with herself and nature in her battle to get into town The reason why Weltys main character is so desperate to make it to and from town is to pick up medicine for a sick grandchild However this story expands by use of different literary elements that enable the story to be seen as more than a journey to and from town The main character in A Worn Path is the elderly Negro lady Phoenix The name Phoenix fits this elderly lady like a glove because she is trying to rise above her health conditions to make it into town For that a Phoenix is a mythological creature that dies in fire but rises from the ashes only to be stronger Phoenix is showing qualities of her mythological namesake by braving the elements so that her grandson can get the medicine he needs to get better The name Phoenix applied to the black lady can also symbolize how Negroes where held down by their oppressors However Phoenix and fellow Negroes are now rising from their ashes slavery to live life once again The title A Worn Path is itself an allusion made by Welty The worn path in the story is the path that Phoenix has to walk to get into town However we the readers should also be aware of how blacks had to walk paths to get too much more than a town but freedom Many slaves escaped plantations by walking all day and night in unbearable conditions so that they could be free Phoenix is not walking this path to set herself free but her grandson who is in dire need of the medicine As Phoenix was on her journey she thought she had seen a ghost However It was a scarecrow she was
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