The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall And A Rose For Emily

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When one faces a traumatic experience, his or true nature often reveals itself. Trauma forces its sufferers to cope. How one copes is directly linked to his or her personality. Some will push any painful feelings away, while others will hold onto pleasant memories. Both of these coping mechanisms can be observed in Katherine Anne Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily.” In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and “A Rose for Emily,” the two protagonists’ prominent characteristics distinctly affect the way they cope with trauma and influence the short stories’ outcomes.To begin, Granny Weatherall is a prideful control freak. In contrast, Miss Emily is delusional and stubborn. To begin, Granny Weatherall is a prideful control freak. On her deathbed, Granny Weatherall is facing everything she has staved off for so long. For instance, she is full of pride. Whenever that pride is challenged, she metaphorically retaliates. For example, after Doctor Harry scolds her, Granny Weatherall retorts, “That is no way to speak to a woman nearly eighty years old because she is down. I’ll have you respect your elders” (Porter 452). Even though she is at a disadvantage when calling Doctor Harry out on his disrespect, nothing--not even being on her deathbed--will keep her from preserving her pride. Another illustration of her prideful nature is when she plans her chores, specifically hiding letters that illustrate the weaknesses of her youth: “No use in letting them know how silly she had once been” (453). She is worried that the unstoppable persona she has presented to her children will be demolished if they find those letters. This is further proven in the short story when she scorns her daughter, Cornel... ... middle of paper ... ...e world 's pressures and regulations. Miss Emily copes with her unfair realities through clinging to the past and losing herself in her fantasies. To conclude, the two main protagonists, Granny Weatherall and Miss Emily’s two most outstanding characteristics dictate how both protagonists cope with adversity and the outcome of the end of their short stories. Granny Weatherall is prideful and has a need for control. In contrast, Miss Emily lives in a fantasy land and is obstinate. Like anyone dealing with trauma, Miss Emily and Granny must find a way to deal with it. Their differing personality traits dictate how their coping mechanisms. Granny Weatherall pushes away the hurt, and Miss Emily denies it in favor of clinging to a fantasy. Granny Weatherall and Miss Emily may both have skeletons in their closets, but what they have done with them is what separates the two.
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