“ The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall “ And “ A Rose For Emily “ By William Faulkner

Skeletons in their closet

When faced with a traumatic experience, one’s true nature reveals itself. The trauma forces those suffering from it to cope. How one copes is directly linked to their personality. Some will push everything away, while others will hold whatever they can close. Both of these coping mechanisms can be observed in the two short stories “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner. In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and “A Rose for Emily,” the two protagonists prominent characteristics distinctly affect the way the protagonists copes when faced with trauma and the outcome of the short stories endings. To begin, Granny Weatherall is a prideful control freak. While, in contrast, Miss Emily is delusional and stubborn.

To begin, Granny Weatherall is inherently a prideful controlfreak. Granny Weatherall is at her deathbed, facing everything she has staved off for so long. This and all other adversity she faces throughout the short story map out her true personality. For instance, she is full of pride. When that pride takes a hit, as it does several times throughout the short story she metaphorically hits back at whoever or whatever has done so. For example, in the beginning of the short story she is spoken down to by Doctor Harry. Despite not being in the best of shape Granny Weatherall retorts, “That is no way to speak to a woman nearly eight years old because she is down. I’ll have you respect your elders” (Porter 452). Even though she is absolutely at a disadvantage when calling Doctor Harry out on his disrespect nothing, not even being on her deathbed will keep her from preserving her pride. In another instance, she reminisces the things she has to do…

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…s Emily copes with her unfair realities through clinging to the past and losing herself in her fantasies.

To conclude, the two main protagonists, Granny Weatherall and Miss Emily two most outstanding characteristics dictate how both protagonists cope with adversity and the outcome of the end of their short stories. To begin, Granny Weatherall is full of pride and has a need for control. In contrast, Miss Emily lives in a fantasy land and obstinate. Miss Emily and Granny Weatherall are traumatized woman who, like any person dealing with trauma have to find a way to deal with it. Their differing personality traits dictate how they do so. Granny Weatherall pushes away the hurt and Miss Emily denies it in favor of clinging to a fantasy. Granny Weatherall and Miss Emily may both have skeletons in their closets but what they have done with them is what separates the two.

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