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“A Worn Path”

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Kaleena Springsteen

ENG 125 Introduction to Literature

Jennifer Lapinel-Spincken

February 9, 2017

Proposal for final paper—Week 1

1. What is your chosen prompt for the literary analysis assignment?

My prompt is #3: “In this story, the character comes into conflict with nature.”

2. What interests you most about this prompt and why?

What interests me is the nature being that it’s also common in literature and Real life. So looking at the literature setting of nature will make a good adventure. Translating this to real life, it will help me to understand the transition of age groups from youthful age to old age. In the story, the old woman was not in a position to carry out some activities at the rate compared to that of people at youthful ages. I will be able to understand how to relate to old age people since their responses have been affected in one way or the other.

3. What text(s) will you write about? Why?

I choose to write about The Conflict. In the story, I think that it best match the prompt.

The old woman is portrayed in the story to be facing the differences with the people in her environment. For instance, along with the way when she met the hunter, the hunter seemed not able to understand her to the point of pointing a gun at her, but that didn’t scare her. Also in the hospital, the conflict of nature was portrayed between the nurses and the old woman. The old lady was lost in her thoughts due to her age that she could not hearken to the questions that were being asked by the nurse to the extent that the nurse was almost losing her temper due to lack of response by the woman about her grandson’s health status. After that, she now began talking endlessly that the nurse was trying to keep her quiet, but she could not stop at that.

4. What is your working thesis? Keep in mind that “working thesis” means you can slightly modify your thesis for the draft and final essay.

Old age nature effects on Phoenix Jackson had affected her ways of communication with people that even made it difficult for people to understand her.

5. What are three key ideas that you will discuss in support of your thesis?

a. Phoenix’s old age effect on her communication ability.

b. Effects of old age on phoenix’s way of perceiving issues.

c. Phoenix’s trauma about the health of her grandson who was ailing at home.

6. What questions/concerns do you have at this point about your project?

One of my primary concerns is to work within the required length of the project. Also, I will ensure that I have exhausted all the ideas related to the project’s subject towards meeting the objectives set for the project. Working the project’s questions as the guidelines will help to ensure that the raised points of discussion do not deviate from the main aim of the project. For the in-depth knowledge of the topic, I will do wider consultation from the library by going through the materials on the related topics.


Clugston, R. (2014). Journey into literature 2nd Edition [Electronic version]. Retrieved from

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