“A Worn Path”: Persistence And Boldness Of The Main Character



On a “bright, frozen day” in December, the figure of an old Negro woman emerges, she represents struggle, but most of all she represents determination. As she makes toward town in a path she seems to have taken many times before, she speaks to herself, inanimate subjects as well as animals. Every move she makes seems to be in slow motion, a slow gradual move towards her goal. Despite the cold, her age, or distance, the character of “A Worn Path” is a vivid look at the life of a post slavery African American woman. The story gives insight to the persistence and boldness of such a character to emphasize the conviction of people in similar lives of constant struggles.
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effort towards an intent she sees fit for such a journey.
Throughout the story, harsh weather and literal distance of her aim represent obstacles. However, some of the obstacles take more familiar faces, in the eyes of a white man and woman. Although the hunter shows her somewhat kindness, he represents a barrier within the story. The Hunter tries to make Phoenix Jackson rethink her journey, in spite of the fact that she is worn out, she does not subdue; “I bound to go to town, mister… the time come around.” Also, the Nurse represents oppression and prejudice as she presumably labels Phoenix Jackson a “charity case.”
Phoenix Jackson’s arduous journey does not go unrewarded. The entire purpose of her trip is to get “soothing medicine” for her grandson’s throat, from the town doctor. As she does just what she has set out to do, one of the nurses offers her a penny; “five pennies make a nickel” she replies. The nurse willingly gives her a nickel. Phoenix Jackson seems no ...

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