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Christie Strawser 2/12/08 Literary Analysis Never Too Old Being old sneaks up on all of us. Some of us fight it and some of us embrace it. Phoenix Jackson in “A Worn Path” is dignified in her old age. Though she acknowledges her age throughout the story, she is determined to get where she is going and not to be distracted from that. Phoenix speaks to herself frequently for encouragement and reassurance. Eudora Welty uses dialogue in “A Worn Path” to allow us to see Phoenix with a greater understanding of what it is like to be old and self-sufficient. In this story we follow Phoenix Jackson on a walk she takes to retrieve medicine for her grandson who swallowed lye a few years earlier. In the third paragraph she says, “Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals!… Keep out from under these feet, little bobwhites… Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. Don’t let none of those come running my direction. I got a long way.” (565) She’s asking for all the creatures to stay out of her way because she knows she cannot handle any interference and she is determined to make it where she is going as quickly as possible. Despite her warnings to the wildlife, a big black dog crosses her path and causes her to fall down. She says to herself, “Old woman, that black dog come up out of the
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