The protagonist of the story is an old, impoverished black woman of absolutely no apparent consequence—which in itself is a commentary on race relations in the South since the story was written by a white woman. Worn Path By Eudora Welty 1, words Worn Path by Eudora Welty Eudora Welty's story Worn Path is a good example of author being able to introduce readers to a very wide emotional spectrum, despite the fact that this story is very short.
Things were very bad for Phoenix because she had to walk from her countryside home to the city to get the medicine.
This is done thorough excessive use of symbolism, as writing method. As she undertakes this journey, we are able to take a glimpse of her characteristics such as her tenacity, bravery, steadfastness despite her senility.
On her way she encounters many obstacles such as the thorns in which her dress got caught in, barbed wire, a scarecrow, a large dog, a hunter and the lady, which ties her shoes.
The author of this story has taken familiar situations and characters to which a reader can relate, in order to present a revelation on life, which is sometimes diffic We Shmoopers had some debate about whether to include Phoenix's grandson as a character in the character analysis section.