You Can’t Fight The Truth, But You Can Try
The short stories “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and “The Lesson”, written by Katherine Porter and Toni Bambara respectively, have very different overall messages but there are very important similarities that can be drawn from the character pools of each. Granny Weatherall and Sylvia are both pessimistic, and very resistant characters. The difference lies in the fact that Granny Weatherall is resistant and regretful for things in her past life towards a majority and Sylvia is part of a resistant majority against their neighborhood mentor, Mrs. Moore. Although they resist these forces, each character knows that it is ignorant to fight the inevitability of the truths that will persist.
In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” the main character, Granny Weatherall, is looking back on her life in denial. In her perceived final days her children try to help her through the struggles of being in such a state. She is very resistant to these efforts because of her extreme pride and independence. There are references to a past relationship where she got left at the alter by her husband to be, a topic she is very spiteful and dismissive towards. Granny Weatherall claims she could not have done better with her life. Her husband was wonderful to her and her children were just as wonderful, all of which she controlled and provided for. Although this may be true, the bitterness she has toward the man who left her is so strong that it implies that she is still reeling from the loss of the relationship. A grudge so strong and littered with such resent can only be the effect of the jilting by a true love. Unlike her husband, George filled her with such passion and love that she still is regretful to this very day. The fact that she can’t accept it after all these years is the proof of her resistance to the fact that she still loves him.
In “The Lesson” the main character, Sylvia, is describing a day in the life of her childhood in...