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Born May 15 1890 in Indian Creek Texas Katherine Anne Porter has written numerous short stories and a novel Katherine Anne Porter uses autobiographical information and symbolism to relate the story of Mirandas maturation into adulthood in her short story The Grave In The Grave Miranda discovers her feminine side West 28 and although she is only a child Miranda understands a few of the events that shape a person into adulthood Mooney 20 Porters genius as a writer is most evident in The Grave published in 1935 Grubbs 3319 Written in a style that is uniquely Porters it is a powerful story of two childrens contact with the intricacies of life and death Set on a farm in Texas in 1903 Brooks 115 The Grave recounts the story of Miranda the character based on Porters life West 6 and her movement from innocence to knowledge West 29 Miranda learns about birth and her own destiny as a woman Brooks 118 This short story is intensely autobiographical--both Miranda and Porters mothers died during childbirth Givner 236 Additionally when Porter was young she and her brother found a ring and a dove in the grave of their grandfather as did Miranda and her brother Paul Thus not only did Porter employ real objects and events in the story but she also carried the event in her mind for some three decades before it emerged and was reborn into fiction Grubbs 3321 Symbolism is a prominent element in many of Katherine Anne Porters short stories Much critical controversy exists over the symbolism in several of her works particularly in The Grave According to Porter Symbolism happens of its own self and it comes out of something so deep in your own consciousness and your own experience that I dont think that most writers are at
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