Kistanto, Nudien H. (2000) KATHERINE ANNE PORTER DAN TOKOH MIRANDA DALAM CERITA “OLD MORTALITY”. Kajian Sastra (3). pp. 281-289. ISSN 0852 0704

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Katherine Anne Porter’s ”Old Mortality” is the story of Miranda’s growing up and flight from her family. It is divided into there approximately equal sections. In part I, dated 1885-1902. the readers are told of events in live of the elders, especially of the family legend about the “lovely” Aunt Amy. At the end of this period, Miranda, the priotagonist of the story, is eight years old and her sister, Maria, twelve. The second part of the story, set in 1904, after the death of the grand mother, contends with the first and negates it. The meeting with Uncle Gabriel bring home to the girls with shocking congency the falsity of the family myth and its moral destructiveness. At this period, Miranda, now ten years old, is already partially separated from the family, “immured” in the New Orleans convent school from whose dullness she will eventually escape into marriage. In the final part, dated 1992, Miranda is eighteen, on her way to attend Uncle Gabriel’s funeral. The readers learn that Miranda has run away from school and married. On the train, she meets Cousin Eva, the ugly duckling of her father’s generation and they fall into conversation. In the end, when they reach their destination and are met by Harry, Miranda’s father, Miranda feels once more cut off from her elders. It is clear that her father has not fully forgiven her for her elopement.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Katherine Anne Porter, Fiction, old Morlatily, protagonist
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions:Faculty of Humanities > Department of English
ID Code:6852
Deposited By:mrs sastra inggris
Deposited On:17 Feb 2010 12:23
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