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Analysis Of "a Worn Path"

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Analysis Of "a Worn Path"

Eudora Welty makes the theme, unconditional love, very clear in the short story “A Worn Path.” The use of setting and character throughout the story contribute greatly to the theme. Phoenix, an old Negro woman, travels a path she has traveled many times into town. It is a cold December morning when she starts he travel through a rural area in the South. Phoenix struggles into town to the doctor’s office to get medicine, again, for her only living grandson, who swallowed lye a few years previous. The setting and character in “A Worn Path” contribute to the larger narrative theme, unconditional love, by showing the reader exactly what Phoenix was willing to go through to save her only living grandson.


The setting shows the struggles Phoenix must overcome to get the medicine her grandson needed. The first example of the setting came at the very beginning of the story. “It was December – a bright frozen day in the early morning,” when she set out on her journey into town from “far out in the country.”(Clugston, 2010) The setting was ever changing as she made her walk into town. Phoenix had to go through a barbed-wire fence where “she had to creep ad crawl, spreading her knees and stretching her fingers like a baby trying to climb steps.”(Clugston, 2010) Another example of the setting showing the struggles Phoenix went through would be when the track crossed a swampy area. Or when the black dog came out of the weeds “she was meditating, and not ready, and when he came at her she only hit him a little with her cane. Over she went in the ditch…”(Clugston, 2010) These are only some of the struggles Phoenix’s unconditional love pushed her through.


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