Phoenix Jackson In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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In “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, the main character Phoenix Jackson is considered a hero. The common archetypical traits of a hero, established by Joseph Campbell, can be applied to Phoenix’s story. She has a goal, comes from a mysterious origin, and her way is beset with dangers, loneliness and temptation. She goes on this journey despite her old age, to the medicine her grandson needs to feel better. Phoenix’s goal in the story is to receive the medicine her grandson needs. He is very ill and they live in the country so Phoenix has to go on a long expedition to get to the city on foot. At the beginning of the story the narrator reads “She was very old and small and she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows,” (47). Despite her old age,
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