A Worn Path

Plot

"A Worn Path" is told in the third person point of view.[2] In which "A Worn Path" follows an elderly African American woman named Phoenix Jackson as she ventures toward a town.[3] The story is set in "Natchez, Mississippi" during the Great Depression era.[4] As Phoenix journeys along the Natchez Trace, she periodically encounters many obstacles, including thorny bushes, barbed wire, and a large dog, among others. She meets a hunter, pocketing a nickel that he drops, and a lady who ties her shoes. The story concludes with Phoenix arriving at the town having completed the journey yet again. Her motivation for having done so is also revealed as she laments how her grandson swallowed lye damaging his throat from the reaction. She tells the nurse supplying the medicine that the damage to his throat never fully heals, and every so often his throat will begin to swell shut. It is Old Phoenix's love for her grandson that causes her to face the trial of the journey to town, every time it is necessary, with no questions asked.


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