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Katherine Anne Porter chooses to tell her story The Jilting of Granny Weatherall from the third person point of view The difference between the first and third person point of view is evident in the first line of this story instead of hearing the story directly from one of the main characters it comes in the form of narration After a few paragraphs it becomes evident that the story is being told in the limited omniscient third person point of view The narration is limited to the thoughts and actions of the main character Granny Weatherall as she goes through her final day This point of view is well suited to the story as the author moves to a narration style that follows the stream-of-consciousness of our main character The narration renders the thoughts and memories of Grannys mind as her thoughts move back and forth from the past to the present This technique helps to make sense of Grannys alternating confused and clear thoughts during her final moments as she moves from lucid consciousness to disoriented semi-consciousness Hapsy George Lydia Jimmy No Cornelia and her features were swollen and full of little puddles Theyre coming darling theyll all be here soon Go wash your face child you look funny Well are you tongue-tied Whose birthday is it Are you going to give a party The author helps us to read Grannys mind as she thinks about the important experiences disappointments achievements and feelings in her lifetime We learn that Granny has had a difficult yet rewarding life as she has worked as a farmer doctor veterinarian and raised her children without her husband John Time and time again Grannys focus shifts towards her jilting sixty years prior when her husband-to-be George abandoned heart the altar We learn that she has never been able to forgive him because of the pain and humiliation that he caused But he had
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