Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In this short story, by Katherine Anne Porter, the protagonist is Ellen Weatherall. She is an old woman who is dying. Death and betrayal are the antagonists in this story. Cornelia and the Dr. are both static characters. They do nothing but to care for the older woman who has been through alot. The protagonist faces a conflict with herself. She faces denial, which is also the theme of the story. Granny is in denial of her approching death and of the death of a dead child who was Hapsy. A metaphor the autor uses is when she compares George's jilting to God doing the same.  The story is told in stream of conscious which makes the story more powerful. The author lets us into the character's thoughts and feelings which also makes the story more heartfelt.

I thouht this was a very sad story. I can just imagine this older women dying and hoping to see her lost child. It was very sad.

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