Phoenix Jackson Obstacles

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In Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” the main character, Phoenix Jackson, like most people, faces many trials and obstacles on her journey. What makes Phoenix Jackson stand out and become such an important symbol in the story are how she handles those obstacles. Whenever Phoenix comes across a difficult situation, she kept remained solid in her efforts to complete the important journey. Phoenix Jackson is strong willed, optimistic, and fearless. Throughout the story Phoenix proves herself to be very strong willed and capable in her journey, despite her introductory description which may lead the reader to believe that she may be fragile, and incapable of much. “She was very old and small and she walked, slowly…” (Welty 10). This belief, however, is quickly proven wrong as she takes on every obstacle very strongly and manages to always overcome. “…leveling her cane fiercely before her…she began to march across. Then she opened her eyes and she was safe on the other side” (Welty 11). Her strong will to overcome her journey plays an important role in her actual success.…show more content…
Her optimism is especially apparent after she receives the medicine and goes on to talk about a gift she will take him when she returns to him, as she assumes that he will be alright when she returns. “I going to the store and buy my child a little windmill they sells….I’ll march myself back where he waiting, holding it straight up in this hand” (Welty 16). Her optimism and he love for her grandson is a driving force behind the incredible feats Phoenix
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