The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

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What does Granny Weatherall have in common with J. Alfred Prufrock?

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Both J. Alfred Prufrock and Granny Weatherall are quite focused on either the possibility or the reality of being rejected, and both connect rejection with death. Prufrock wishes to ask a woman something important—perhaps if she can love him, perhaps if she will marry him—but he can never bring himself to do it because he fears that she will say, "'That is not what I meant at all; / That is not it, at all.'" He fears that she will tell him that he's utterly misinterpreted everything and that she has no interest in him whatsoever, and so he thinks that he "should have been a pair of ragged claws / Scuttling across the floors of silent seas." In other words, he thinks he would have made a very good crab: something solitary but with a hard shell to protect it from being vulnerable. Further, he seems to associate his alienation with death, saying, "And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, / And in short, I was afraid." He realizes that he does not have unlimited...

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