Literary Works Essay

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Nathaniel Green Prof English 1102 18 July 2011 Literary Works Many literary works reflect similar characters, symbols, and/or settings despite that they regard different cultures and/or diverse time periods. These analogous literary elements are referred to as literary archetypes. An archetype has been defined as, “A universally recognizable element . . . that recurs across all literature and life (Latrobe 13). When viewing the short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” the reader immediately recognizes two palpable archetypes: the unhealable wound and death/rebirth. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to analyze Katherine Ann Porter’s, “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” and to signify the archetypes, unhealable wound and death/rebirth, which are clearly represented within this short story. The story was written in 1930 by Katherine Anne Porter (Lauter, 1387). This story is about a woman, Ellen “Granny” Weatherall, and her internal struggle of accepting death which is vastly approaching. When viewing this short story psycho-analytically, the reader is able to understand many personal emotions and desires imposed through the main character, Granny Weatherall. Granny is portrayed as a stubborn, independent, and slightly bitter old woman. Although Granny lay on her death bed, she does not want to die. “My children have come to see me die. But I can’t, it’s not time” (Porter 182). Granny’s refusal to die leads her through a journey involving death and rebirth. In this case, Granny struggles with journeying towards death. The journey of birth/death/rebirth is considered an archetypal action or event, rite of initiation. “Through pain and suffering the character overcomes feelings of despair, and through a process of self-realization is reborn” (Herz and Gallo 110). We can see Granny’s trepidation of journeying towards death through her desire to return to

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