Comparing The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall And Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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A lot of stories can have many things in common. With the two short stories, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Ann Porter and Everyday Use by Alice Walker, this case is so. Both of these stories includes a mother who has to face their children in a specific situation. In The Jilting of Granny Weatherall the mother is in a state of denial, while she is on her deathbed. Her daughter is there with her, and the mother’s self-conscious is reminiscing about her children in different ways. In the other short story, Everyday Use, this mother is having to face one of her daughters who has the opposite life then her mother. During that time, she tries and protects the feelings of her other daughter, who is uncomfortable with her sister. …show more content…
In The Jilting of Granny Weatherall uses the color blue to represent different situations in the mother’s life. First, “the day stated without fuss and the pantry shelves laid out with rows of jelly glasses and brown jugs and white stone-china jars with blue whirligigs and words painted on them.” (Porter pg. 231) This represents when the mother was able to clean and organize her house. She was able to have a sense of order and control at that time. “Their eyes followed the match and watched the flame rise and settle in a blue curve, then they moved away from her. The lamp was lit, they didn’t have to be scared and hang on to mother any more. Never, never, never more.”(pg. 233) This shows that the mother’s children did not need her anymore. That they have grown up, making the mother feel like they are not there. “Her eyelids wavered and let in streamers of blue-gray light like tissue paper over her eyes. She must get up and pull the shades down or she’d never sleep.”(pg.234) This shows that the situation she is in right now is troubling. She is afraid that she will have nightmares while she is in a state of confusion. “The blue light from Cornelia’s lampshade drew into a tiny point in the center of her brain, it flickered and winked like an eye, quietly it fluttered and dwindled.”(pg. 237) At this point in life, the blue represents her soul. As it dies away, she “stretched herself with a deep breath and blew out the light.”(pg.

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