Jilted Of Granny Weather All

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Psychological View of Granny Weatherall “Get along now. Take your schoolbooks and go. There’s nothing wrong with me” (Porter 764), said by a dying woman in her death bed. The short story of “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter, is about an eighty years old Granny Watherall, who is spending the last day of her life in a hospital bed. Throughout the story Granny Watherall expresses herself through verbal communications and also her inner self-talk. Granny appears to be in denial of her death and has a hard time accepting her sickness that is pointed out by others. Fuming with anger and depression from her past, Granny cannot let go the thought of things such as, her first love George who left her on the wedding, to the death of her husband John and her daughter Hapsy. Granny’s psychological stresses give her difficulties in her death bed. In 1969, a psychologist by the name of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross came up with a method of supporting and counseling personal trauma associated with death and dying called “Stages of Grief”. Dr. Ross was well known for her work with the terminally ill who were affected by death. Many people who are faced by less serious traumas than death, such as crime and punishment, disability and injury, relationship break-up, or financial despair do have similar reaction to those describe in Dr. Ross’s “Stages of Grief”. Her work is use worldwide by many medical professionals and psychologists to understand people who are emotionally effect by trauma. Even thought Dr. Ross’s stages of grief was presented nearly four decade after Porter’s short story, yet it is one of the effective ways in understanding Granny Weatherall emotional stress before her death. The first stage of grief is denial. According to Dr. Ross, “denial is a conscious or unconscious refusal to accept facts” (Ross). Denial is our defense mechanism that that

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