What are the conflicts in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"?

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There are several conflicts in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." The story opens with an obvious conflict between Granny and Doctor Harry: "   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.”


After that, though, things get more complicated. Granny's present is fighting with her past, and her conscious explanation of things with her true heart's appraisal of past love. She's fighting to stay alive, and then, ultimately, fighting to control the meaning of her existence, even if this just means determining her emotional response to the end of her life.