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An overview of the characters in a worn path by eudora welty

She is an old African-American woman who is on a journey to a hospital in Natchez city to obtain some specific medicine for her grandson Welty, 1941. During her journey, Jackson encounters several obstacles.

  1. She managed to overcome all the obstacles and acquired the medication for her grandson.
  2. Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles…middle of her forehead, but a golden color ran underneath, and the two knobs of her cheeks were illumined by a yellow burning under the dark. She treated the animals she came across in the forest as her juniors and exercised her power over them.
  3. She managed to overcome all the obstacles and acquired the medication for her grandson.

Since it is a winter period, the whole mountain is covered with frost, and this makes it difficult for her to cross the mountain. She also had to cross streams, crawl underneath a barbed-wire fence, face the danger of being alone in the woods, or being shot by a hunter.

Despite all these challenges, Jackson does not give up till she obtains the medicine.

A Worn Path Characters

I chose Phoenix Jackson because of my admiration of her strong and valuable qualities: Considering the extreme weather conditions during the winter time when Jackson made her journey to the city coupled with the endless obstructions she faced, it would have been easier for her to surrender and return home, but she did not. She managed to overcome all the obstacles and acquired the medication for her grandson. That love drives her to take a journey that is full of challenges in order to obtain help for her ailing grandson Welty, 1941.

Her other positive traits include will power, determination, and focus. These qualities enabled Jackson to tolerate the hardships she faced on her way to the city. This is stealing, but I guess she didit, because she wanted to purchase a Christmas gift for her grandson. That is why she is determined to get the cure irrespective of what she had to undergo.

  • Since it is a winter period, the whole mountain is covered with frost, and this makes it difficult for her to cross the mountain;
  • Her eyes were blue with age.

For instance, the snow that covered the mountains made it hard for her to walk as well as the barbed-wire fence which she had to crawl beneath Welty, 1941.

Because of her age, Jackson would have given up, but she was determined to see her grandson healed. She treated the animals she came across in the forest as her juniors and exercised her power over them.

Characterize Phoenix Jackson from "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty.

This is evident when she hit the black dog that came to drink from the same spring where she was quenching her thirst. However, she became humble in her interaction with the hunter and the nurse which is an indication of her respect towards them.

  1. It rose out of its ashes to live again.
  2. The frightening black dog as well as the barbed wire fence which Jackson had to crawl under symbolized difficulties such as confinement and persecution which enslaved blacks encountered in the past.
  3. At other times, her view is clear. Her other positive traits include will power, determination, and focus.
  4. Now, his grandmother has to go to Natchez to pick up... Her constant banter, although humorous, portrays the difficulty of the long trek for the elderly woman who will not give up until she gets the medicine and returns to her grandson.
  5. Despite all these challenges, Jackson does not give up till she obtains the medicine. The receptionist gives her a nickel in the spirit of Christmas.

The frightening black dog as well as the barbed wire fence which Jackson had to crawl under symbolized difficulties such as confinement and persecution which enslaved blacks encountered in the past.

For instance, when the nurse at the hospital asked what she wanted, Jackson kept silence.

This may signify both lack of memory and inferiority complex. Jackson may have lacked the courage to speak to the white nurses and doctors because of her black color.