The term jilted means to drop impulsively or without feeling. Granny Weatherall’s memories, of being jilted by George, are directly preceded by statements which are symbolizing her children, first being young, and dependent on Weatherall, then coming into the age of being more independent of her. Porter states, “Lighting the lamps had been beautiful. The children huddled up to her and breathed like little calves waiting at the bars in the twilight. Their eyes followed the match and watched the flame rise and settle in a blue curve, then they moved away from her.
Age is generally not a concerning manner in day to day life when racism and sexism are prevalent topics of interest. However, the underlying fear of the unknown often results in acts of repulsion or loathing. When it comes to comics, or even most fictitious stories, it is rare to see an old person holding importance. Lucy Knisley however, uses the comics medium and the genre of travelogue to tell her experience of travelling with her grandparents. In a boat, bringing together the young with the old, she discovers the flimsiness of age and subtly shows the life undergone in the latter years of life.
In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and David Leavitt’s “A Place I’ve Never Been,” the reader is able to see a glimpse into the lives of two different women who are unable to let go of the past. These two women, Grandmother and Celia, are trapped in a state of imagination where they cannot move on in their life. Through the tones of Grandmother from “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and Celia from “A Place I’ve Never Been,” their hasty comments, and the imagery used in their imaginations, is is clear to the reader both Grandmother and Celia are unable to leave the past where it belongs—the past. In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Grandmother’s tone is seen as stern, repetitive, and old-fashioned when she is talking to her family and The Misfit.
Charley Skedaddle, a Yankee drummer runaway In the historical fiction novel, “Charley Skedaddle”, a twelve year old Bowery gang member of the busy streets of New York City wants to become part of the 140th Infantry of New York. Just being a hat deliverer for his sister, Noreen, had the dream of joining the infantry. Although having to be sixteen to enlist, Charley ends up on a ship heading to Alexandria, Virginia. He finds the ship environment quite interesting being surrounded by drunks and gamblers.
Figurative language is often used in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” because it shows Granny’s hallucinations. The flowery language that often personifies inanimate objects illustrates the intensity and detail of Granny’s hallucinations. For example, “Hapsy melted from within and turned flimsy as gray gauze and the baby was a gauzy shadow…” (398). Using the words “melted” and “gauzy shadow” give the reader a comprehensive picture of what Granny saw. Also, the figurative language used outside of Granny’s hallucinations help the reader understand how events occur in the story.
Next time you think about avoiding your grandparents, read the folk tales “The Old Grandfather and his Little Grandson” and “The Old Women.” In both folk tales the theme the authors portray is to treat your elders with respect. The author of “The Old Grandfather” and “The Wise Old Women” develop the theme to respect you elders through the characters, setting, and conflicts. First, the characters theme is very similar.
The two stories which impressed me most were Tell Tale Heart and A Curtain of Green. Although they seem very different from each other, I see them as different representations of two pretty similar stories. Both Tell Tale Heart and A Curtain of Green take us into memories of two protagonists who have some mental issues and who are presumably very lonely people. Both of the stories include highly dramatic climaxes; however, the ways we took while we join the characters in their journey are certainly different.
“The Day it Rained Cats” and “The Space Rock” are great stories that will surely hook any reader the story! “The Day it Rained Cats” is about a girl named Sheera who has to overcome an obstacle, and the grandmother who must make a life-changing decision. “The Space Rock” is about a family who must make a big decision to either make millions on a meteorite, or just give it to the museum. “The Day it Rained Cats” and “The Space Rock” have very big similarities and distinct differences. One thing that is similar between “The Day it Rained Cats” and “The Space Rock”is the theme.
Flannery O’Connor was a diligent Catholic author and a Georgia resident. She wrote Southern Gothic Literature, which is written works of literature in the South part of America during the mid-20th century. This type of literature consisted of morbid, disturbing or fantastic characters and circumstances in the stories. O’Connor relied on her religious beliefs and regional experiences as a source of inspiration for all her stories. In the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, a family is taking a vacation to Florida, but the real journey takes place inside the family 's lives.
A story is a telescope pointed at the night sky; each star a life undiscovered. My story, a mere gleam in the cluster of incandescence, began with my grandfather. All without having to say a word, he taught the power of love and family, how to be strong, and how to dedicate your life to your dreams. A snowball crashes like a meteorite on the pavement, originating from a condescending grin.