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racooon | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2010 at 2:32 AM via web

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What is the significance of Hapsy in paragraph 41 of "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"? What religious symbolism is attached to the vision of her and her infant son (paragraph 41)?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 14, 2010 at 6:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Hapsy is the youngest, and apparently favorite, daughter of Granny Weatherall.  She has two other daughters, Lydia and Cornelia.  Hapsy, though, also seems to be the biggest disappointment to Granny (eNotes).  Granny keeps calling for Hapsy during the story, but she never shows up at Granny's deathbed.  Granny also confuses her other daughters for Hapsy in her delirous state of mind (eNotes).

This vision of the Hapsy holding an infant contains much religious symbolism:

Granny "seemed to herself to be Hapsy also, and the baby on Hapsy's arm was Hapsy and himself and herself, all at once, and there was no surprise in the meeting." Some critics have interpreted this memory of Hapsy as the sign of salvation that Granny seems to be looking for throughout the story.

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