Bereavement And The Psyche Analysis

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Bereavement and the Psyche: A Thematic Approach.
The themes of “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter are similar, in that, both stories seem to portray the importance of following the Kübler Ross Grief Cycle. This cycle is typically referred to as the ‘five stages of grief,’ and is comprised of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, respectively. In each story, the protagonist is affected by the death of an influential person in their lives; moreover, neither follow the suggested cycle. This lack of acceptance coincides with an increase in mental instability and emotional volatility relative to the alternative approach. Although these stories carry a similar theme of denying death, each protagonist encounters different circumstances in their personal lives; consequently molding unique grieving processes.
In “A Rose for Emily” Faulkner conveys the denial of death; beginning this trend with the opaque wording of the title. The rose is symbolic of death, specifically the death of Emily. Roses fulfill the needs of a rather dark niche, finding themselves being placed atop caskets before and during burial as well as given to the loved ones being left behind by those who have passed. The juxtaposition of the rose and Emily’s response to her father’s passing serves as a foreshadowing mechanism referencing her own death, in that, through not accepting her father’s death and therefore the accepting of roses at his
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The title alludes to Granny being jilted throughout her lifetime on several occasions. She was jilted when she lost Hapsy, she was jilted at the altar with George, and lastly, she was jilted by God in her final moments. Granny Weatherall loses Hapsy at birth, but through her stream of consciousness and hallucinations, we see that her mechanism for coping is to pretend she still
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