Faulkner's a Rose for Emily and Porter's the Jilting of Granny Weatherall Research Paper

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Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall."

Jilt can have particularly negative consequences on an individual who is left, considering that the respective person comes to consider that he or she is actually to blame for the fact that his or her lover did not share his or her feelings. The effects of jilting are reflected by the behavior of individuals like Emily in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Granny Weatherall in Katherine Anne Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." Even with the fact that the former decides to employ a more aggressive attitude in regard to her lover, the latter considers that it would be pointless for her to blame him and simply accepts her condition, even with the fact that she feels rejected by the world as a whole as she spends her last moments on earth.

Even with the fact that it is obvious that Emily was wrong in murdering her lover, one can actually understand her feelings through observing the case of Granny Weatherall. The fact that George left her was especially significant when considering her psychological development. She decided to hide her affair from her children and felt betrayed all across her life until the moment when she died. Emily chose to adopt a different attitude in regard to Homer and considered that the only strategy that she could use in this situation would be to put an end to her lover's life, so as to feel that she would be the last woman that he ever loved.

Although it is difficult to determine which of the two characters felt sorrier as a result of their experiences, it is only safe to assume that Granny Weatherall's reluctance to deal with her problems directly consumed her throughout her life and did not provide her with the opportunity to actually enjoy living. Even with this,…

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Faulkner, William, "A Rose for Emily," Perfection Learning Corporation, 2007

Porter, Katherine Anne, "The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter," Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979

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