Phoenix Jackson In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path

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Ben Okri once said “ The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering”. Phoenix Jackson is an old and small women on a journey. When one thinks about a hero, the qualities are having courage, selflessness, patience and caring which is everything the character Phoenix Jackson presents in this short novel. What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word hero? Usually an average individual believes they are strong, tall, muscular and powerful, however that is not always true. In “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty, Phoenix Jackson justifies that a hero is much more than their physical appearance because she has a goal, her way isn’t always direct or clear and how she descends into darkness. Phoenix Jackson travels a heroic quest down a path, overcoming numerous obstacles to reach her goal of obtaining medicine for…show more content…
Phoenix "would have been lost if she had not distrusted her eyesight and depended on her feet to know where to take her (51) which is very important because she may have no made it in time to get the medicine for her grandson if she did get lost. In the woods she did start talking to herself to keep company and was lost in the sense. Once Phoenix arrived she did not remember why she was there. She completely forget about her grandson. After a little time she remember and told the lady her grandson "not able to help himself. So the time came around, I go on another trip for the soothing medicine" (53) showing although her way might not have been clear, she did remember. Phoenix "held the bottle close to her eyes, and then carefully put it in her pocket" (53) because she was so happy that she made it and could hopefully get there in time for her grandson. In conclusion, the hero's way was not clear but once she went through all the difficulties and overcome them, she reached her
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