Literary Analysis Of ' The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall ' By Katherine Porter

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Rachell Burns
English 1302 Section 155
October 26, 2015
Symbolism in Literature Writers often use a myriad of different literary techniques to express different ideas to those who read their work. One of the most common tools authors utilize would be the use of symbols to portray an abstract meaning different from the literal interpretation of the text. This element of a story helps connect an object or idea with the greater meaning within a story through literary analysis. This helps make the moral of the story more meaningful to the specific reader. In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” “A Jury of Her Peers,” and “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” Katherine Porter, Susan Glaspell, and Gabriel Marquez use one or more predominant symbols to enforce the integrity of the message they are trying to convey to their readers. One example of strong symbolism is in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” by Katherine Porter when the author uses the color blue as a way to connect the present with different phases in the life of Granny Weatherall, the main character who comes to accept the inevitability of her own death. The color is first used to describe the, “white stone-china jars with blue whirligigs and words painted on them: coffee, tea, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, allspice,” (Porter) in the neatly kept home of her youth. The author seems to use the color to bring to life a part of Granny’s life when she was young, energetic, and kept a well-organized house. The next time the

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