A Worn Path
Eudora Welty ( 1909 -2001 )
In the story “A Worn Path” there are many interesting facts about a person like Phoenix. Phoenix has lived to be 100 years old and has seen a lot of things, so that should make a person think, is she completely right in the head. I believe that Phoenix’s grandson is not alive, and that he passed away after drinking the lye.
Throughout the story, we are led to believe that Phoenix’s grandson is alive. However, I am led to believe that her grandson may have passed away. Phoenix’s grandson swallowed lye when he was two years old this is a fact stated in the story. As a medical fact, lye burns the throat muscles as it moves down and a person loses the ability to swallow. The long term effects are: a swollen airway, the inability to swallow, and inflammation of the air way. These are all very serious injuries to the body; however, to a child they can be fatal. The reason I say they could be fatal is the lack of medical care during the time frame.
Another point is that if Phoenix’s grandson was still alive at this point and time, he would be around the age of four. Phoenix is making her weekly trips to town to get medicine for her grandson with her boots that are not laced up. I have two children of my own and by the time they were the age of four they knew how to tie their shoe laces. The point I am trying to make is that if her grandson was still alive, he could help her tie her shoes. That way when Phoenix went to town she would not be tripping over her shoe laces. Phoenix left her grandson at home wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire while she went to get his medicine. When would any parent leave their young child or grandchild at home alone while they left for an all day trip? If Phoenix was going to the doctor to get medicine for her grandson it would make more since to for her to take her grandson with her. Once Phoenix gets to the doctor’s office she is asked what is there for...
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