A Worn Path: A Tale Of Unstoppable Love



"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, is the tale of the unstoppable love
and care of a grandmother for her grandchild. It tells a story of sheer
determination as Phoenix Jackson makes a long journey into town to get
medicine for her chronically ill grandson. She strives forward despite
frequent obstacles in her way that include her own failing health and the
grandchild's slim chance of survival. Phoenix Jackson is "an old Negro
woman" who continues forward over barriers that would not even be
considered a hindrance for the young. This is a journey which she has taken
before, and now "the time come around" she must travel it again. She begins
her journey to town on "a bright frozen day in the ...

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Jackson's old age. She supports herself with a cane,
striving not to fall with every step she takes. She wears a "dress reaching
down to her shoe tops" along with "an equally long apron of bleached sugar
sacks, with a full pocket." This just adds to her difficulties. As she
begins her journey, she talks to herself and warns "Out of my way, all you
foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals!...Keep out from
under these feet, little bob-whites", because as she says, "I got a long
way." She is determined to go down that path despite anything that might
come between her and getting the medicine for her grandson. This shows that
her body may be worn out, but the attitude that she takes and desire that
she has in order to get the medicine for her grandson are not. In addition,
her shoelaces "which dragged from her unlaced shoes" adds to the chance of
her falling on the path.
First, she has to face an uphill climb. Then, she goes downhill but
soon finds herself tangled with ...

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