A Worn Path - Phoenix a True Hero

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In stories, usually, we think of our traditional hero as a young and strong undefeatable man. In Eudra Welty’s short story “A Worn Path”, it is obviously not the case. Pheonix Jackson, an old shortsighted poor woman may not look as our traditional hero but she goes through a series of events where she displays all the qualities of one. At the start of her journey, we can easily perceive Phoenix’s steadfastness through the woods up a hill. The old lady, despite her age and difficulty to walk, is determined to get to town to get medicine for her sick grandson. She uses her “ thin and small cane made from an umbrella” to get around. The narrator clearly explains the condition of the “deep and still” woods and how they prevent her from advancing: “ Something always take a hold of me on this hill – pleads I should stay.” Thorny bushes would grasp her dress, trapping her. But her steadfastness continued on as she dangerously crossed the log across the creek where she could have easily fallen regarding her physical state. “I wasn’t as old as I thought.” She would say. Which proves that she will do whatever it takes to get to where she needs to go. Although, at one point where we might have thought that she would give up was when she sat down to rest and hallucinated a little boy bringing her cake. Insinuating that it was her time to give in. However, she got back to her senses and carried on thorough her journey. Her courage is unmistakably shown during her encounter with the hunter. Phoenix had fallen down after a big black dog had surprised her and was unable to get back on her feet. A young man who was passing by kindly helps the old woman up from the ground. At first he appears kind, asking if she had broken anything and telling her that she would be better retuning back home. But Phoenix was determined to get to town. He suddenly makes a racist comment, which
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