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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty is the tale of the unstoppable love and careof a grandmother for her grandchild It tells a story of sheer determinationas Phoenix Jackson makes a long journey into town to get medicine for herchronically ill grandson She strives forward despite frequent obstacles inher way that include her own failing health and the grandchilds slim chanceof survival Phoenix Jackson is an old Negro woman who continues forwardover barriers that would not even be considered a hindrance for the youngThis is a journey which she has taken before and now the time come aroundshe must travel it again She begins her journey to town on a bright frozenday in the early morning in December Phoenix Jackson is very old andsmall and walks like the pendulum in a grandfather clock ever socarefully with her thin small cane made from an umbrellaThe description of Phoenix Jackson at the beginning of this story gives thereader a glimpse of how difficult this trip is going to be for an elderlywoman such as her The description Her eyes were blue with age Her skinhas a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles are indicationsof Phoenix Jacksons old age She supports herself with a cane striving notto fall with every step she takes She wears a dress reaching down to hershoe tops along with an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks with afull pocket This just adds to her difficultiesAs she begins her journey she talks to herself and warns Out of my wayall you foxes owls beetles jack rabbits coons and wild animalsKeepout from under these feet little bob-whites because as she says I got along way She is determined to go down that path despite anything thatmight come between her and getting the medicine for her grandson This showsthat her body may be worn out but the attitude that she takes and desirethat she has in order to get the medicine for
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