27 April 2010
Religious Symbolism In "The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall"
Symbolism is something that many others use in their writing to give meanings without coming out and saying it. The dictionary states symbolism as “the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations as artistic imitation or invention that is a method of revealing or suggesting immaterial, ideal, or otherwise intangible truth or states.” When authors do this it lets readers get different ideas as what they mean as they read the story, which makes them think a lot more as they read the story. This story has a lot of symbolism, most of it being connected to religious meaning. One symbol that Katherine Porter uses throughout this story is the fog that Granny Weatherall talks about in many of her visions. Fog in the symbolic form means that you cannot think or see clearly, also shows isolation. This makes since because Granny Weatherall is so old that she probably can no long think clearly. She also feels isolated because she is alone in her room and her daughter doesn’t really listen to her as she spends much of her time in her room. Along with her daughter no one else listens to her, like the doctor and the nurse that are there. In the visions is where she sees the fog but the visions themselves are symbols. According to the Christian faith visions are how god reveals himself to a person. Visions when god reveals himself are a result of outpouring of Holy Spirit. Granny Weatherall is a church going lady she says when her daughter tells her that Father Connolly is coming to talk to her. She says she is not sinful, along with that fact that she is close to dying she knows she will make her maker soon. The fact that she is seeing these visions shows that she is a very spiritual person. In the visions... [continues]
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