Not only has … she been jilted by George, but she also is abandoned by her favorite daugher, Hapsy, who fails to show up, and the last moment of her life, where God doesn't meet her like she wanted him to. It is also after reading the story that the reader realises that Porter may be exploring the theme of loss. There is also some religious symbolism in the story which may be important. Second Person - this is almost never seen because it is hard to write and hard to read. This technique helps to make sense of Granny's alternating confused and clear thoughts during her final moments as she moves from lucid consciousness to disoriented semi-consciousness. She becomes aware of her imminent death and the memory of a lover from long ago that broke her heart creeps into the forefront of her mind.
Porter would marry three more times throughout her life, but all would end in divorce. Surely, squanderers are brothers to Shaitan, and the Shaitan is very ungrateful to his lord. Both deal with the way people perceive their deaths and mortality in general. Katherine Anne Porter wrote a story filled with a very believable and genuine protagonist that resonates with many because of her flaws. The stream of consciousness third person point of view also allows for the reader to be emotionally connected to Granny in a way that other styles would not.
This point of view is well suited to the story as the author moves to a narration style that follows the stream-of-consciousness of our main character. She blows it out after God fails to give her a sign of reassurance in the face of her death, perhaps because she loses her faith in God as a result of this. The narration renders the thoughts and memories of Granny's mind as her thoughts move back and forth from the past to the present. Once again, her thoughts shift. We are invited both to identify with Granny Weatherall to imagine and take on as if it were our own the experiences she is undergoing and to attend to aspects of the overall situation to which she herself is only dimly aware if not outright oblivious to. Porter can also be positioned in the Modernist tradition, which was in full swing in the 1920s. Granny has survived, intact, but not without scars.
Granny is an eighty-year-old woman on her deathbed. Feeling as if God has rejected her just as George once did, Granny feels immense grief and, with that, the candle blows out and she dies. What are we to make of the very end of the story. She was about to marry a man named George. It could be that the narrator is just trying to keep our attention on Granny's thoughts and impressions—that's pretty much the meat of this story anyway, right? Granny Weatherall is perceived as an independent and strong-willed character that has lived a full life.
. She converted to his religion, Roman Catholicism, but they were divorced in 1915 and she turned against religion shortly afterwards. She chooses to put her faith in herself, rather than in God. She became an independent widow. The misfortune of her childhood seemed to follow Katherine throughout her life.
Although her scars may not be visible to the human eye, by revealing what goes on deep inside her private thoughts, Porter uncovers the wounded pride and vanity that Granny has tried for sixty years to keep hidden, even from those closest to her. She wants him to see what a good job she has done. With the rise of Modernism in the early twentieth century, which was in many ways a reaction to the horrors of World War One, authors sought to look inside the minds of their characters. She imagines being reunited with John. See how this is a question about tone? Granny's thoughts are presented in a spontaneous fashion, as if readers had access to her thoughts at the moment each one occurs to her.
In a telling passage Granny is reminiscing about all the useful things she has done while raising the children she had while married to John. This style of narration and point of view also helps to make the reader sympathetic to Granny. The pain forced Granny to be strong. There is also an essay by Porter on piece of American history that citizens today should know about, which will give you an idea of part of the framework of values from which Porter approached life. Katherine Anne Porter can be placed alongside many different areas of literature. She drifts in and out of consciousness as her family, a doctor, and a priest gather around her.
Taken from her Flowering Judas and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator however there does appear to be sections of the story which are written using the narrative technique known as stream of consciousness. She was often resentful and angry. She died when Katherine was eleven, and a few years later, Katherine legally changed her own name to Katherine Anne Porter. This section contains 603 words approx. Ellen is also adamant that things should not be wasted in certain parts of the tale. Almost against her will, her thoughts return to an incident that occurred more than sixty years earlier: She was left standing alone at the altar when her fiance George jilted her.
Again no bridegroom and the priest in the house. Ellen can never see her clearly; this could mean that her daughter never survived past infancy and so an image of the face she would have had as a woman is unseen. She was once a young, hopeful bride-to-be. By using the stream of consciousness technique, Porter establishes Granny Weatherall's background. Granny Weatherall is a sickly old lady in denial. You might mention a number of these, explain what they have in common, and then focus the rest of your discussion on showing how Porter arranges things to tip the reader off to their presence in moments when they have not risen directly into Granny's awareness. Granny has had a hard life and that has made her very independent.
Please send your comments to. It would remain that way for the rest of her life. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. After all, he or she never bothers describing the appearances of the characters or the setting of the room that we're trapped in with Granny. Maybe we shouldn't be so hard on our tight-lipped narrator.