In the journey of life, there are many difficulties that have to be .
To overcome these problems, determination and bravery are .
required. Phoenix Jackson is an elderly Negro woman who wears a "red rag .
on her hair" (Welty 150). She wears a long, striped dress and a long apron made .
out of "sugar sacks" (Welty 150). She carries a cane made out of an old umbrella, .
and her eyes are "blue with age" (Welty 150). Her skin is full of wrinkles, and her .
cheeks are "illuminated by a yellow burning under the dark" (Welty 150). Under .
Phoenix's rag, "her hair came down on her neck in the frailest of ringlets, still .
black with an copper like odor"(Welty 151). Phoenix is making a journey on the .
"Natchez Trace" (Welty 154) in December to get medicine for her sick grandson. .
Eudora Welty shows Phoenix Jackson in "A Worn Path" to be determined, brave .
Phoenix Jackson is a determined woman. Every year, Phoenix has to take a trip in the winter to get her grandson's medicine. She knows her grandson needs his medicine, and she will get it at any cost to herself. At Phoenix's age, she should not go out in this weather, but she is determined to go out in the cold. In the journey, Phoenix encounters a bush. She is determined to pass by the bush, at the bottom of a hill, which her dress is caught. Her problem is that "her fingers were busy and intent, but her skirts were full and long, so that before she could pull .
them free in one place they were caught in another" (Welty 151). Phoenix's next encounter on the trail is the barbed-wire fence, which she must pass. At the fence, "she had to creep and crawl, spreading her knees and stretching her fingers like a baby trying to climb the steps" (Welty 151). She could not let her dress tear. She also could not pay if she were to get injured. Phoenix does not have any money. Phoenix walks along and finds her way to a field. A dog came out of the weeds and knocks her into a ditch.