Why is stream-of-consciousness appropriate in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"? What about Ellen Weatherall's condition does this narrative technique represent? How effectively does it reveal...

Why is stream-of-consciousness appropriate in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"? What about Ellen Weatherall's condition does this narrative technique represent? How effectively does it reveal events of the past? How clearly does it reflect the present? What is gained by the lack of clarity?

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Granny Weatherall is dying. She is not thinking clearly so by using the stream of consciousness, the author gives a spontaneous feeling to her thoughts, and to the confusion Granny experiences. Because she is confused and also ill, her thoughts are jumbled. Yet the way they are presented makes it easy for the reader to establish what was important to her. Events occur in the story, not in chronological order, but in the order Granny remembers them. This seems like it would be confusing, but the lack of clarity gives the story an authentic feeling and we end up admiring Granny's life and the obstacles she overcame.

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