Comparing A Worn Path And Katherine Anne Porter's The Jilt

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Eudora Welty’s A Worn Path and Katherine Anne Porter’s The Jilting of Granny Weatherall both depict an individual’s experiences and feelings during their journey of life. In A Worn Path, Phoenix Jackson's insights and views, as well as her encounters with other characters, prove her very diverse attitude towards life’s obstacles than that of Granny Weatherall from The Jilting of Granny Weatherall. Granny Weatherall's strength is shown in the way that she is able to accept her own death and voluntary chooses to die in that knowledge. Both of these feminine characters are very notable in the way they are defined and presented.
Phoenix in A Worn Path is remarkable for her willpower in overcoming each hurdle she faces to get medicine for her grandson, and is described as being a small, old woman, but one who has a great inner power apart from her age and size, “Her eyes were blue with age. Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her
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Porter explores how Granny Weatherall dies, how she sees herself as she dies, and how she interprets her life from her realization of death's imminence” (McClain).The characterization in Porters story, suggests that Granny Weathereall’s positive outlook was more easily influenced than that of Phoenix. Granny Weatherall thrives of misinterpretation and unhappiness, intensifying a sense of self-pity and disbelief for God as a result of being ditched on her wedding day. Her Self-pity is quite obvious when Granny believes to hear Cornelia’s and the doctor speaking and beliefs that they are talking poorly of her. Weatherall’s inability to let go of the past has caused her life to go from a once happy past to a dark and uncertain present. Even on her deathbed she cannot forgive George and believes God has also abandoned
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