Presentation on theme: "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall P. 260"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Jilting of Granny Weatherall P. 260 ByKatherine Anne Porter( )
2 Katherine Anne Porter http://www.famoustexans.com/katherineanneporter.htm Born in TexasStarted writing stories as a childRegarded as a superb short story writerPraised for her psychological insight
3 Katherine Anne Porter Often based stories on her own experience Portrayed strong women whose idealism is challenged by life’s hardshipsWon Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
4 Katherine Anne Porter“ For this vocation [writing] I was and am willing to live and die, and I consider very few other things of the slightest importance.”
5 My whole attempt has been to discover and understand human motives, human feeling, to make a distillation of what human relations and experiences my mind has been able to absorb. I have never known an uninteresting human being, and I have never known two alike; there are broad classifications and deep similarities, but I am interested in the thumbprint (K. A. Porter).
6 Conflicts in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall PlotConflicts in “The Jilting of Granny WeatherallPerson vs. selfGranny tries to forget GeorgePerson vs. personThe jilting by GeorgeGranny against Cornelia and Doctor HarryPerson vs. GodThe second jilting at deathPerson vs. environmentThe fence postsGranny against life
7 Movement of PlotThe plot does not move sequentially because of the stream of consciousness style.The events of her life, when sorted out, happen in this order:Granny’s first jilting at age 20Birth of Hapsy, milk-leg, and double pneumonia at age 40Farewells and fever at age 60Real death at age 80Granny’s DeathShe fails to see “a sign”Feels she has been jilted a 2nd timeLoses faith in her religionDies without God
8 Natural and man-made Cornelia’s house Setting Granny’s own house and yard are the setting in her flashbacks.Heaven and Hell were there for her.Cornelia’s houseShe dies here, but she keeps confusing it with her own house.
9 Granny Weatherall Characterization “On [her] feet…morally speaking” (p.260)Strong willedHard-workingRaised large family aloneCared for livestockCared for sickWorked for churchKept letters to and from GeorgeHas suffered—“Something not given back” (p. 265)
10 Protagonist = Granny Weatherall Antagonists = Life and DeathGranny = developing character
11 Jolting Epiphanies 3 Main Events in Her Life: 1. At 20, jilted 2. At 40, bore last childAt 60, prepared to dieAt 80, loses faithSignificance of events:Lead her to redefine her life and faith
12 Other Characters The children— Doctor Harry The Priest Hapsy Like calves in the lamplightDutiful (Cornelia)Doctor HarryyoungStock characterThe Priestpresent at both jiltingsHapsyLast born childFavoriteNot livingDied in childbirth?
13 Stream-of-consciousness Title and pt. of viewTitleProvides clues to the themeFocus is on GrannyHer name is a play on wordsPt. of View is a combination of limited omniscient and interior monologueLook for evidence of each typeStream-of-consciousnessThe confusion in the plot reflects her mental state
14 Images of light, fog, and darkness SymbolismName symbolism“weathered all”Images of light, fog, and darknessThe children in the lamplightThe ending pinpoint of lightOthers?Religious symbolsRosaryCrucifixHapsy with child = Madonna and childOther symbols?
15 Granny was able to weather all except death ThemeGranny was able to weather all except deathDenial can only serve to control for so long. In the end there can be no denialLife is beautiful and hardDeath is harderWho can really prepare for death?