Jilting Of Granny Weatherall Symbolism

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“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.” This quote by Joan of Arc embodies the theme of the short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” In this short story, Granny, the protagonist, is on the verge of death. She doesn’t believe she is dying, but the people surrounding are concerned about her poor health. While she is lying in bed, she thinks about the painful memory of her being left at the altar. Instead of dying in peace, Granny spends her last moments on Earth regretting the life she lived. Katherine Anne Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" displayed her belief that death is inevitable so you should take risks, persevere through your losses, and live without regrets through style, imagery, symbolism,…show more content…
The switches between first and third person towards the end show the severity of Granny Weatherall’s mental illness. Porter writes “So, my dear Lord, this is my death and I wasn’t even thinking about it.” This line from the short story is written in first person whereas the sentence before it “She was so amazed her thoughts ran round and round” is written in third person. This switch in point of view seems natural to read but at the same time illustrates Granny’s sickness. This thought demonstrates how Granny Weatherall spent her last moments not thinking about her fate of death but instead of her jilting. During the time Granny spends before her death regretting her wedding, she thinks to herself “Again no bridegroom and the priest in the house.” This thought written in the third person that Granny Weatherall has in her last living moments shows how even after 60 years, she still feels a deep sorrow when she thinks about her jilting. Instead of letting go and realizing that the past is in the past, Granny holds on to this bad memory, causing her grief in her last dying moments. Overall, Katherine Anne Porter uses her fluid and ambiguous writing style to highlight Granny Weatherall’s mental sickness and the sadness caused by her inability to release the bad memories from her

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