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An Analysis Of I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died And Jilting Of Granny Weatherall

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In the article “Human Salvation in an Evolutionary World: An Exploration in Christian Naturalism” by Karl Peters, Peters states salvations is “not primarily to a future life after death but a transformation in this life of both ourselves and this world” (Peters, 845). Salvation is not only something that can be found after death; people can finds salvation at any point by deciding to make a transformation in their lives to better themselves as well as the world around them. However, most humans seek salvation to find solace in the critical moment of their death; individuals find comfort in the belief of life after death or an eternal sole. Several people find salvation through religious means. In Christianity, salvation is reached through the open acceptance of Christ into one’s life by promising to live their life by God. Christians believe in life after death if a person lives their life by god and accepts Jesus Christ then they will go to heaven, however, if a person fails to let go of their sins or does not live accept Christ then they will not find eternal life in heaven. Both “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter and “I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died” by Emily Dickinson depict characters who fail to find salvation after death because of their inability to see God in the physical form; the authors illustrate this using different literary elements including style, symbols and allusions.
Author’s style is defined as the distinct literary manner that makes his or her expression of content unique from other authors; Katherine Anne Porter and Emily Dickinson have different styles that contribute to a better understanding of the themes of their work. In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” Porter uses the stream of consciousness technique, this technique is used to illustrate a person’s train of thought. Porter takes her readers on a journey through the mind of Granny Weatherall during her dying moments. The reader is able to understand the complexity of Granny Weatherall’s thoughts, while, the bystanders at Granny’s deathbed only hear her clichés and complaints, Granny says to Cornelia, “’Lying in bed stops the circulation. I must have told you that a thousand times’” (Porter, 81). No one around her grasps the intellect behind her thoughts; it is as if she is stuck in her own head. Porter’s use of dialogue aids her usage of the stream of consciousness technique. Many times granny will think she is saying something aloud, but she is not, “She thought she spoke up loudly but no one answered” (Porter, 83). This emphasizes the importance of reality vs thought; what is really going on vs what is going on in Granny’s head. Another style technique Porter uses is irony. Granny is upset because God has “taken [her] by surprise” (Porter, 85). This is ironic because that morning Granny decided to “Let [death] take care of itself” (Porter, 81). Another example of irony, as stated by Barbra Laman in “Porter’s The Jilting of Granny...

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