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Mahin JiwaniSylvia BeyEnglish 110225 January 2018A Worn Path In Eudora Welty’s short story “A Worn Path,” the author uses a variety of themes to keep the audience interested in the story. These themes include race and class, nature and city, and perseverance and power. This story took place in the late 1930s or 40s in Mississippi. Because of the characters, point of view, and setting, “A Worn Path” by Eudora Wealthy was able to get its’ themes across in an interesting manner. The main character of the protagonist, Phoenix Jackson, proves her character in this story. The journey that she makes for her grandson shows that she is willing to go to any extent for the one she loves. For example, she said, “‘Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals!…Keep out from under these feet, little bob-whites… Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. Don’t let none of those come running my direction. I got a long way.'” Phoenix was not going to let anything come in the way of completing her task for her grandson. Not only through her actions but also from her name, the audience can tell what type of person Phoenix is. Phoenix is a mythological bird, and it lives for a very long time. This character is associated with time because just like the bird, Phoenix doesn’t let her age get in the way of her journey. In this short story, Phoenix also portrays racism and sexism. The author shows the struggles that the protagonist faces and makes it seem as if the entire world is against her. It is clear that Phoenix and her grandson are good people, but in the society they are in, they are probably treated unfairly because of their social status. This can help understand the setting.Setting can help shape the story. It puts the mood and tone of a story in its place. The surroundings of certain place help the audience get background information about the story. The setting of “A Worn Path” can be around the Civil War. During this time period, African Americans were treated poorly because of the color of their skin. They faced far more struggles than whites or any other race. In this short story, it is obvious that Phoenix faced many struggles with this journey, but she continued to give her ultimate best through each obstacle. The point of view of a story can also be considered a source. It’s important to realize what the point of view is because it helps the audience know if the events are reliable. This story has a third-person point of view. “A Worn Path” also has an omniscient point of view because the author knows exactly how Phoenix was feeling and her emotions. The title can be related to point of view because its called “Worn Path” which shows that Phoenix did not have an easy journey and the author was able to expand on it. All in all, “A Worn Path” is a short story, which has strong characters, point of view, and setting. These elements help the audience understand the story better and get information that may not be bluntly said by the author. The theme also helped summarize the story and its purpose. Morals from this short story include race and class, nature and city, and perseverance and power.