A Worn Path

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In the short story, “A Worn Path” Phoenix Jackson, the main character, is an elderly lady who lives in the country and walks mils to get to the city to receive medicine for her grandson. Unfortunately for Phoenix, many obstacles hinder her on her walk to the city. The restrictions that cause problems for Phoenix on her trip to the city are her age, the environment, racism, and her mental health. Phoenix’s age causes her many problems on her travel to receive medicine for her grandson. “Phoenix’s eyes were blue with age and her skin had branching wringles as if she had a branching tree on her forehead.” The white hunger asked her “how old are you, Granny?” and she replied “there is no telling mister, no telling.” These are two quotes directly from the short story “A Worn Path” that describe Phoenix’s age. Because of this hindrance the long travel is made difficult on the old woman. “Seems like there is chains about my feet, ‘bout time I get this far,” says Phoenix. These examples show that Phoenix has a had time making this trip because she is so old. Her age says something else about Phoenix other than she is old. She is very determined and strong willed. Evidence of this is when the hunger tell Phoenix that she needs to go home, and she tells him that she is bound to go to town, and that nothing will stop her from getting there. Another barrier in Phoenix’s travel is the environment. Animals and plants make the visit to the city very difficult. Page 96 describes one of the many encounters Phoenix has with nature. While walking on the path to the town her dress gets stuck in a “thorny bush,” and since Phoenix is going into town she has her nicest clothing on. After struggling for a few minutes she finally is able to break free without a scratch on her or her outfit. Plants are not her only problem; “A black dog with a lolling tongue came up out of

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