Phoenix Jackson emerges in "A Worn Path" as a character who possesses extraordinary strength of will. Not only is she an aged, blind, black female who is on a journey through torturous terrain to secure medication for her ill grandson, but she is a symbol of poverty and selflessness, which contrasts the wealth, and self-centeredness of the white society in which she lives.
As you read the story A Worn Path, the theme of betrayal becomes apparent. The story occurs during the Christmas season in and around Natchez, Mississippi. At this time racism was a societal norm, even in the Bible belt areas where Christianity flourished. The protagonist, Phoenix, is betrayed by a society run by white people who have little respect or ...
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