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Life Lessons in "A Well Worn Path" and "A Visit for Charity"
A comparison of the main characters in "A Well Worn Path" and "A Visit for Charity" by Eudora Welty.
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Published on May 02, 2013 in Literature (American)

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The paper compares the lifestyles lived and lessons learned in two short stories of Eudora Welty, "A Well Worn Path" and "A Visit for Charity". The paper focuses on the main characters of Marian and Phoenix and shows how they are both distinct and strongly realized characters. The paper discusses how these two women provide a similar life lesson, that is simply to be true to yourself and to something outside of yourself in which you find meaning, for otherwise, you will be scared and alone.

A Well Worn Path
"A Visit for Charity"

From the Paper:

"In "A Well Worn Path," an old African-American woman named Phoenix makes a long trek on foot and during the night to get some medicine to soother her grandson, who has had a chronic throat problem for years now. She encounters many treacherous dangers on her walk, which are exacerbated due to her extreme age and her inability to walk without a cane. Throughout the story, Welty makes it possible to feel how difficult the woman's journey is, and the tension of the story is heightened because the reader doesn't know the destination or purpose until the end.
"The surprise of the story's ending is not the main lesson that is to be learned here, however. The old woman is willing to risk everything to get what she calls the "soothing medicine" to make her grandson feel better. It is not a matter of life and death for the grandson, it doesn't seem, though Phoenix herself faces death at least once at the end of a white man's gun--she is risking far more than she has to gain, it would seem. Yet Phoenix cares more for her grandson than anything else in the world, and her generosity and willingness to sacrifice contrast sharply with the main character in "A Visit for Charity.""

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