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Katherine Anne Porter Writing Styles in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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Style

Early in her career, Porter came to be admired as an innovative and masterful stylist. In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," she uses experimental, modernist narrative techniques in creating amoving and believable portrait of an eighty-year-old woman on her deathbed.

Stream-of-Consciousness Narration

One of the most striking stylistic aspects of "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" is its unusual narrative perspective. Though the story is written in the third person, its narrative point of view is extremely close to that of the central character, Granny Weatherall. The story is told through stream-of-consciousness. Granny's thoughts are presented in a spontaneous fashion, as if readers had access to her thoughts at the moment each one occurs to her. Porter conveys what it is like to be an eighty-year-old woman whose mind tends to wander by enabling readers to experience some of the same confusion Granny feels. Since Granny sometimes mistakes one daughter...

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