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Copy of Katherine Anne Porter
Transcript of Copy of Katherine Anne Porter
Mom died before 2nd birthday
Lived with grandma while Dad recovered
Formal education ended at 14
First married at 16 (4 total marriages)
Contracted tuberculosis, sent to a sanatorium
Worked as a movie extra
Historical Background 1918- became a newspaper reporter
1920-moved to Mexico City
First mature work- "Maria Concepcion"
First book- Flowering Judas and Other Stories
Received Guggenheim Fellowship, traveled to Europe- this inspired her novel, Ship of Fools
Lived in Berlin, Spain, Switzerland, New York. Italy, Washington D.C.
Became Hollywood scriptwriter
Taught at University of Michigan
Won National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize
Writing Career (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr 1925 1970 1930 Flowering Judas and Other Stories The Leaning Tower and Other Stories
1934 1930 Old Mortality
Noon Wine 1937 Works Pale Horse, Pale Rider 1939 The Old Order: Stories of the South 1955 Ship of Fools 1962 The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter 1965 Writing Style Symbolism Stream of Consciousness (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Themes Betrayal,
Disillusionment Hopelessness Darker side of humanity Involved in politics, saw injustices Endured multiple divorces and affairs Experienced death/abortion Failed marriages Mother's death Miscarriage,
Abortion Struggled to find a permanent home Was never able to have children Never found a permanent partner Connections Vocabulary Often religious
Uses common objects
Uses parables, allegory Recreates a state of mind
Shows feelings Also used strong female protagonists Set her stories in the South or Mexico Used vocaulary common in that time
Words like frippery, spectacles, and noggin
show Granny's age
Both Granny and Porter lost husbands, whether
through death, divorce, or abandonement
Both took on strong female roles in society
(Granny taking care of the home by herself,
Porter becoming a writer and political activist)
Both have faced death
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Symbolism Themes Stream of Consciousness Seeing her scattered thoughts shows she is dying Helps us see her feelings about past events Provides narration "Weatherall"-
shows she has endured Light- lamp symbolizes adulthood, life Waste- losing food is similar to the "waste" of Granny's life Betrayal- left by
George at the altar Hopelessness-
isolation, death Strong female character- Granny raising children alone Uses dialogue to show Granny's separation from the outside world
Onomatopoeia- swishing, rustling
Paradox- "She always kept things secret in such a public way."
Uses simile and metaphor to describe dying-compares it to floating, darkness, falling
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Begins with Granny on her death bed, being attended to by a Doctor and her daughter Cornelia
Reminisces about her life, husbands, and children
Falls upon the painful memory of her jilting
Father Connolly comes to give her Last Rites; her children also come to see her one last time
Ends with her "blowing out the light" and dying