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Prisoner of the past


            
             Sometimes people hold on to events that happened long ago and are never quite able .
             to forgive people who have hurt them. The focus of their everyday life is tainted by .
             these long ago events and they lose sight of things that are going on around them.
             In ” The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”, Granny Weatherall is trapped in the past and .
             cannot appreciate the people surrounding her in the last moments of her long eventful .
             life. .
             .
             In this story, Granny Weatherall is bedridden and lives with her .
             daughter Cornelia who is trying very hard to care for her eighty-year-old mother.
             Cornelia is trying to treat her mother well but Granny does not see this at .
             all. Granny thinks that Cornelia is making too much of a fuss over her and treats her like .
             a child. In reality, Cornelia knows that Granny’s time has come and is trying in every .
             way to make her mother’s last moments meaningful and filled with love. Granny .
             Weatherall is bothered by the little things that Cornelia does or doesn’t do that don’t fit .
             in with they way Granny herself would do things. She considers Cornelia weak and .
             dutiful and unable to make the smallest of decisions. Granny is not aware of the .
             fleetingness of the moment and even thinks she may go back to live in her own home .
             where “at least there she can have peace and rest.” .
             But instead of peace and rest, Granny’s mind is cluttered with thoughts that span the .
             globe. One moment, she is thinking about all the things that are “left undone” and make .
             her want to “roll up her sleeves and put this whole place to rights again.” She drifts in and .
             out of awareness of her surroundings and up, around, and through her life. She thinks of .
             her children and longs to see them. Especially the child that she misses the most, Hapsy. .
             She knows that she will soon see Hapsy and this is the saving grace of her approaching .


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