The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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1: Katherine Anne Porter was born in India Creek, Texas on May 15, 1890 Her mother died when she was 2 and was raised by her paternal grandmother, Catherine Anne Porter. When her grandmother died, she got sent to a school of nuns. In 1906, she ran away from the school and married her first husband, John Henry Koontz. | Biography

2: She took her fiction writing seriously after divorcing her husband and recovering from tuberculosis. In 1966, she received an honorary degree from the University of Maryland. | (1890-1980)

3: Some of Katherine Anne Porters major works are: -Noon Wine(1937). -Pale Horse, Pale Rider(1939). -The leaning Tower and Other stories(1944). -Ship of Fools(1962). Her last major work was The Never-Ending Wrong(1977). | Famous Works

4: The action takes place in a bedroom in the home of Granny Weatherall's daughter Cornelia. Most takes place in her head.The time is probably the late 1920s. Flashbacks, however, date as far back as the late 1860s. | Setting

5: The overall mood in this story is sad and restless.

6: -Granny Weatherall lies on her death bed. -Through the story, she talks about her younger days and how her husband John, who died young, left her with four kids on her own. -She recalls the day George left her at the alter -She flashes back on the day she lost Hapsy while Hapsy was giving birth to her own child whom Hapsy lost as well. -In the end, her kids surrounded her in her death bed while the priest said her last rites. | Plot

7: Introduction | It is the story of the last day for the eighty year old woman, and she ponders her children and her life in her head while she lays in bed with an illness. As she nears death, she recollects important events in her life.

8: Rising Action | Granny Weatherall has a flashback about a man named George that she was supposed to marry but he jilted her at the alter. (She has alot of flashbacks throughout the story)

9: The climax occurs when Granny cannot perceive the presence of God as she lapses toward death. She believes God is forgeting about her and doesnt care. | Climax

10: Falling Action | She asks God for a sign and doesn't get one, she feels that now God has jilted her.

11: Resolution | She passes away.

12: Granny Weatherall Is laying in bed with an illness. | She keeps having flashbacks about when her "fiance" jilted her at the alter. | The climax occurs when Granny cannot perceive the presence of God as she gets toward death. She believes God is forgeting.

13: She asks God for a sign and doesn't get one, she feels that now God has jilted her just like George did to her. | She passes away.

14: Person vs. self -Granny tries to forget George Person vs. person -The jilting by George -Granny against Cornelia and Doctor Harry Person vs. God -The second jilting at death Person vs. environment -Granny against life | Conflicts

15: Protagonist,Round,Dynamic= Granny Weatherall Antagonists = Life and Death Flat= Doctor Harry Static= Cornelia | Characters

16: The story is told in the third-person limited omniscient point of view, for the narrator constantly transmits things to us exactly as Granny perceives and remembers them, almost literally in Granny’s words. | Point of View

17: Simile: "The pillow rose and floated under her, pleasant as a hammock in the light wind." Metaphor: "Her breath crowded down under her ribs and grew into a monstrous frightening shape with cutting edges." | Literary Elements

18: 1)Death: -Death of Granny Weatherall -Thought of death at age 60 -John’s Death -Hapsy and her newborn child’s death. | Theme!

19: 2)Jilted/Abandonment: -Her first fiancé, George left her at the alter. -Her dead husband John left her with four kids 3)Betrayal

21: http://angelications.blogspot.com/2009/02/jilting-of-granny-weatherall-by.html http://www.bookrags.com/The_Jilting_of_Granny_Weatherall http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides5/jilting.html http://people.morrisville.edu/~whitnemr/html/The%20Jilting%20of%20Granny%20Weatherall.htm http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/the-jilting-of-granny-weatherall/ | Sources

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