Celebrated Short Story

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In her celebrated short story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" (1929), Katherine Anne Porter deals with the memory of a dying woman about being left at the altar on her wedding day. Whereas the short story is celebrated for several artistic qualities such as plot construction, character development etc, it remains one of the most effective illustrations of the genre of stream of consciousness story.


The character analysis of Ellen Weatherall helps the readers in better appreciating the merit of the short story by Porter and this paper makes an attempt to make a reflective analysis of this character in order to determine the fundamental characteristics of this character.
In a close understanding of the character of Ellen Weatherall, it becomes lucid that she desires to play an active role in her own affairs as well as those of her children, establishing herself as a strong-willed character. Her dealings with Doctor Harry at the opening scene of the story illustrate this clearly. "'Get along and doctor your sick,' said Granny Weatherall. 'Leave a well woman alone. I'll call for you when I want youWhere were you forty years ago when I pulled through milk-leg and double pneumonia You weren't even born. Don't let Cornelia lead you on,' she shouted, because Doctor Harry appeared to float up to the ceiling and out. ...
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