A Worn Path By Eudora Welty


What makes the setting so important in the story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty?
“It was December -- a bright frozen day in the early morning.” This is how Ms. Welty starts her story. Could you guess by the first line that this story was going to be about some type of struggle? If you have read many of Eudora Welty’s stories, you will find that hardship in the South tends to be a topic she enjoys relaying to her readers. This first line is but one of many references to the setting of “A Worn Path”.
In my opinion, Ms. Welty uses the setting in this story not only to convey how hard the trip is for Phoenix Jackson but also how life was in the South. It could also reference the many ...

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she made regular trips down the worn path. The hardships she came across along the way made her life more interesting. As the Author writes in the story, old people talk to themselves. The trips down the worn path give Phoenix many things to talk to her self about during the long journey. The exercise keeps her strong and the love for her grandson keeps her on the right path.
This picture along with many others were taken by Eudora Welty in the 1930’s while she was traveling though some of the poorest parts of Mississippi. Old Phoenix Jackson lived off the Old Natchez Trace. So, this picture could be part of the path Phoenix had to travel in the story, “A Worn Path”.
The Author describes a scene where Phoenix has to creep and crawl under a barbed-wire fence while always fearful of tearing her dress. I believe this is a parity to the hardship of life. In my life, there are times that seem easy and others feel just like creeping and crawling, trying not to get hurt or ...

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