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In “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty the author brings you into her short story by utilizing such realistic storytelling and description that as your read, you are not just reading words, you are seeing the story unfold for you in your mind. It is as though you are watching a movie. The description of the old women on the path, the environment as she walks and the attitudes of the people she comes into contact with all blend together to make it not only a story but more like a lesson in history. Phoenix Jackson is “...an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag...” and “…wore an old dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks..”. As would be expected of this time in history, she was probably not far removed from slavery and thus was still living in poverty so her clothes were what she could come by or make herself from everyday items. To add even more realism of character, Welty describes her as “Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead…”. In your mind’s eye, you can picture this small little old woman facing a path faced with hardship and danger, but with no inkling of fear or worry by her in her journey she is facing. The hardship of an elderly women embarking on a long walk to town is daunting in itself, but Welty realistically describes other hardships secondary to her environment that causes us to have even more admiration for the trip this old women is undertaking. “The woods were deep and still.” Which I think describes the importance and hardship of this trip. In addition, “…was a place where a log was laid across the creek.” So not only is Phoenix faced with a long journey, there are roadblocks that will test her physical being even more. My favorite was “Big dead trees, like black men with one arm,…...

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