20080407 Short Story Analysis - The Jilting of Granny...

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“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” Analysis“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Porter portraits three elements of fiction, which include irony and symbol, character, and point of view. These three elements advance the theme that it is human nature to often let emotional pain control our lives.The first element of fiction that expresses the theme is character. Porter describes Granny Weatherall as, “her bones felt loose, and floated in her skin” (453). Granny was old, frail and weak from a long and hard life that was filled with anguish and bitterness. Granny Weatherall wasn’t different from any other elderly person, other than her constant resentment of the past and inability to let it go. It is human nature to remember the past, and allow it to mold the future and provide a basis of personal development. However, Granny Weatherall is a representation of the result, if a person chooses or is unable to separate from their past and look to the future. The human nature theme is perpetuated with Granny Weatherall’s character element, by her continuous reminders of her hard past.The next element of fiction that advances the theme is irony and symbol. “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” addresses irony and symbol as what I would call the most common and

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