The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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Diana Morris
Essay 2
Mrs. Mahoney
02/27/2012

Sometimes in death, it makes people think about their life. In the short story, “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” written by Katherine Anne Porter, the main character, Granny Weatherall is doing just that; looking back on her life. In the film made based on this short story Granny Weatherall also thinks about her life, but as she is doing things around the house, living her life and not while being shut up in her bed. There are other differences that take place between both the film and the short story. But in the end they both tell the story of an old woman named Granny Weatherall.

The short story version of “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” has a stream of consciousness point of view. It is basically Granny Weatherall, while lying in her death bed, going over previous events that had taken place in her life as they came to her mind and thoughts. Granny Weatherall also thinks about things that she is planning on doing the next day. “The box in the attic with all those letters tied up, well, she’d have to go through that tomorrow.” (17). That was Granny Weatherall thinking to herself about going through some personal letters she did not want Cornelia, her daughter that she lives with, to find.

In the film version of The Jilting of Granny Weatherall the viewers get to see the story of Granny Weatherall in an objective point of view. The story is showed by Granny Weatherall actually being out of bed and doing things. While she is going about her day, the film shows us her thoughts through little flashbacks Granny Weatherall has. Different from the short story, Granny Weatherall actually goes up to the attic and goes through the letters and Cornelia comes up there with her. There is also some symbolism that takes place in the film that does not happen in the short story. “What does a woman do when she has put on the white veil and set out the white cake for a man and he doesn’t come?” (29). Granny...
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