A worn path by Eudora Welty

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What makes the setting so important in the story “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty? “It was December -- a bright frozen day in the early morning.” This is how Ms. Welty starts her story. Could you guess by the first line that this story was going to be about some type of struggle? If you have read many of Eudora Welty’s stories, you will find that hardship in the South tends to be …

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…in the road, the ditches we fall into, a torn dress on a thorny bush. That’s what makes life worth living. If the road was always a straight and even path, would it not become boring and trivial? Phoenix makes these trips regular. She does it for love. The fears, troubles, adventures along the way are a large part of her life. As in our lives, the journey is what life is all about.