The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
8. “The Jilting of Granny Weather all’’ is a typical stream of consciousness short story, having no complete plot, no drastic external conflicts, and no dramatic scenes. The author skillfully uses the stream of consciousness techniques, such as the multiple-point-of-view, interior monologue as well as time montage. These techniques are well suited for fully manifesting Granny’s complex consciousness activities in a limited span of time, thus helping to present her image in a multi-dimensional way. Through the frequent shift between the omniscient point of view and the internal point of view, she makes the narration unfold itself on the two levels of the external objective world and the internal subjective world, revealing on the one hand the change of Granny’s illness on the last day of her life, and on the other hand her rich and complex mental activities, thus manifesting the image of Granny in a three-dimensional way through the use of time monologue, she presents in a limited amount of time all the major events in Granny’s life, expands the amount of information in the work, gives the reader the opportunity to fully grasp Granny’s personality, highlights the theme of the work, and enriches its connotations; besides, the stream of consciousness techniques enormously add to the artistic brilliance of the work, making it one of Porter’s most popular short stories and one of the most widely read short stories in modern American literature．
1. This story is set on a sultry (hot and humid) afternoon in south Louisiana. The body of the story takes place in Calixta's home during a fierce summer storm.
2. The first paragraph shows a storm is coming. The protagonist’s husband and son have to wait out the imminent storm, leaving her home alone. When thought of in literary terms, a storm tends to be associated with conflict, uneasiness, and turmoil. From the opening we see that the presence of...