The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

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How would you characterize Granny Weatherall in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"?

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Of course, the stream of consciousness narrative adopted by the author gives us a real insight into Granny Weatherall's character. Clearly, if you read this story, hopefully you cannot fail to identify the humour in this story - from its very start, the character of Granny Weatherall dominates the pages and is funny and sad in turn. Even the start of the story presents us with a funny moment as Granny Weatherall shows her defiant spirit by her comment about the doctor:

She flicked her wrist neatly out of Doctor Harry's pudgy careful fingers and pulled the sheet up to her chin. The brat ought to be in knee breeches. Doctoring around the country with spectacles on his nose! "Get along now, take your schoolbooks and go. There's nothing wrong with me!"

Of course, what is funny about this is that we think of doctors as being respectful figures in society - certainly figures we do not address and think of like this. The juxtaposition with the term of contempt "brat" and doctor shocks us and makes us laugh by revealing the kind of character that Granny Weatherall is. This continues throughout the story as we see the irreverent attitude revealed towards other characters such as Father Connolly.

You might like to think of how conflict reveals the character of Granny Weatherall. It is clear that the external conflict that Granny Weatherall is facing is her stubbornness and determination against the mollycoddling (as she sees it) that she is receiving from her daughter Cornelia, and others, such as Doctor Harry and Father Connolly:

Well, she could just hear Cornelia telling her husband that Mother was...

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