Analysis of “the Grave” by Katherine Anne Porter Essay

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Analysis of “The Grave” by Katherine Anne Porter “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” (The Holy Bible English Standard Version, Romans 3:23). This verse is stating that everyone has fallen from grace, no one has maintained holiness. This idea is exactly what Katherine Anne Porter is trying to convey in her short story, “The Grave.” Porter is “known for her use of religious allusions and symbolism because of her Catholic background” (Rooke, Wallis 269). Because of this, it is no surprise that in “The Grave” she uses symbolism and an allusion to man’s original fall from grace in a seemingly simple story of the inevitable loss of grace.
From the beginning the story is dripping with symbolism. The name of the main
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This is a direct reference to the original fall from grace in that “as Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden, so Paul and Miranda feel like trespassers and know they must leave” (Rooke, Wallis 270). Once they had left they begin hunting. This is another allusion to Adam and Eve in that once they were banned from the garden, they had to fend for themselves, living off the

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