In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," what does she mean by saying her "bones felt loose"? Also, what does she mean by "the doctor floated around the foot of the bed"?

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In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," passages such as these serve as figurative language to describe the foggy mind of the dying protagonist. The doctor, for example, is in no way literally floating, but it most likely seems that way to Granny, whose perception becomes more and more vague and dreamlike the closer she gets to death. This is contrasted with Granny's assertive and powerful manner of narration, given that she seems very willful, even in the face of death. However, there are many passages that show that she is simply unaware that she is dying.

Strange figurative language becomes more and more frequent as the story reaches its climax. For example, she compares her daughter Cornelia's voice to a cart that she then claims to physically climb inside. Poetic language such as this beautifully illustrates the ethereal state of Granny's perception of death.

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Granny is dying and the story is told through her semi-conscious mind. The fact that her bones are "loose" and the doctor is "floating like a balloon" are indicative of the way her mind is working. Nothing seems quite real because of her closeness to death. This also is characteristic of the disjointed way Granny is telling the story. She floats through a seemingly unconnected set of memories that the reader must put together in order to understand that Granny is still trying to come to terms with the fact that she was "jilted" at the altar many years ago. Even though she lead a productive life and even married another man, the "jilting" still haunts her. Thus, the story also feels loose and somewhat disjointed unless we look at it from the perspective of a woman who, at death, has still not come to terms with one event in her life.

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