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A Worn Path

            Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path" begins as a simple story of an old woman walking through the woods to town. Phoenix Jackson, the main character, faces many challenges and obstacles while walking to Natchez. Suspense and wonder is aroused in the reader as to why Phoenix would go through so much trouble to get to Natchez. The introduction of the detail about her invalid grandson at the end of the story creates power as well as respect for the poor, old woman. Because the detail of the grandson is introduced at the end of the story, the reader is forced to reevaluate their thoughts and feelings toward Phoenix. If the detail of the invalid grandson were introduced before Phoenix begins her walk to Natchez the story would not be as powerful because it would not allow the reader to wonder why an old woman would go through so much trouble just to get to town.
             In "A Worn Path," Phoenix Jackson seems like a silly, old woman. The environment she is in creates many obstacles in which her actions against seem unnecessary for such an old woman to take just to get to town. The way the author describes Phoenix's actions leads the reader to think of her as a funny and somewhat crazy old lady, as the following scene shows: .
             Putting her right foot out, she mounted the log and shut her eyes. Lifting her skirt, leveling her cane fiercely before her, like a festival figure in some parade, she began to march across. (paragraph 13).
             Since the reader is lead to think of Phoenix as funny and fairly senile they do not have much respect for her. The emergence of the detail of the grandson at the end of the story forces the reader to reevaluate Phoenix. This forceful reevaluation creates power because the reader can no longer think of Phoenix as silly but as a respectable woman on an important mission. .
             In most genres of literature the exposition is expected at the beginning of a work. In "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, the exposition is found near the end of the story.

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