The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

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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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Stream-of-consciousness is appropriate to Granny's thoughts as she lies dying because her mind moves in and out from memory to a blurred conception of the present.

Devised by the Modernists as part of their effort to capture the essence of the fragmented modern world, the technique of stream-of-consciousness exhibits a lack of external order in human existence that is often splintered and disjointed. The Modernists felt that people should turn their thoughts inward. Certainly, Granny Weatherall's thoughts are introspective and they drift from one subject to another as she awaits the priest who will give her the Last Rites. Even though her thoughts wander from memory to the presence of her children, time and time again they return to her...

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