Essay about Analysis Of Eudora Welty 's A Worn Path

781 Words Nov 16th, 2014 4 Pages
According to a standard dictionary, wisdom is the quality or state of being wise; the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight (Dictionary). While this definition may seem true simply because it came from a dictionary, there are multiple examples of support that can be found in an everyday lifestyle and also in the passage A Worn Path by Eudora Welty. In an everyday life, wisdom is gained in a variety of ways and at a variety of ages. A toddler can gain wisdom by touching a hot stove. The sensation of burning will teach the toddler the valuable lesson of avoiding hot stoves in the future; teaching wisdom. Teenagers often gain wisdom through various driving situations. One may be constantly warned of the dangers of hydroplaning and how to recover from it, but it will never be truly known until a personal encounter with it. Adults gain wisdom through emergency situations that only seem realistic on television. All of these things are valuable lessons acquired through wisdom. In the passage A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, wisdom is shown through the personality and actions of the main character Phoenix Jackson. Phoenix is described as an old Negro woman who walks with a cane. Throughout the beginning of the story Phoenix is walking through the woods to get to town. She encounters many obstacles that try to stop her journey, but she always continues forward. “Seems like there is chains about my feet, time I…

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