Katherine Anne Porter: History in Context Essays

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Is a woman's strength determined by her endurance to stay in a hurtful relationship or is it determined by her ability to move on? The early twentieth century is known to women as the "era of exuberance." (Gilbert 1205) During the early twentieth century women began to find the answer to the question at hand deeply rooted within themselves. The answer for Katherine Anne Porter seemed to be her ability to move on based on the actions she chose in her real life. Does her literature tell a different story? Born in Indian Creek, Texas on May 15, 1980, Callie Russell Porter spent most of her life outside of the state of Texas. In 1915 after nine years of marriage to John Henry Koontz she divorced him claiming "nothing in common…show more content…
After careful review one could come to the conclusion that rather it is Porter forecasting her own life and death. During the early 1900's women were becoming more modern, but one fact about women has remained the same. When dealing with her own hardships, the process is easier to discuss when a woman is able to distance herself from her hardships. Porter's way of doing this was to portray her true self in a fictional character, Granny Weatherall.

First published in 1929, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" appeared at the end of a period of relative prosperity in America and the beginning of what was to become the Great Depression. For women in particular, many new opportunities and roles were available. During the war, when many young men had left to fight in Europe, more women had entered the traditionally male worlds of work and higher education. In fields ranging from fashion to politics to literature, a new generation of women were expressing themselves with new levels of confidence. Granny Weatherall was a product of this new confidence. Granny has demonstrated all her life that she is an independent and pragmatic woman who does what needs to be done with or without a man. Mostly, she appears better off without a man. This statement represents the feeling of women in the 1920s, preferably Porter herself. By taking a look at Porter's life before the story was published in 1929
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