Theme of Life and Death in Katherine Anne Porter’s “Holiday”


  • S. Jothimani Ph.D.,Research Scholar Department of English Annamalai University Annamalai Nagar -608 002 India
  • Dr.P. Dinakaran Assistant Professor Department of English Annamalai University Annamalai Nagar-608 002 India


This paper tries to expose a unity of both meaning and technique as reflected in Katherine Anne Porter’s most famous and characteristic short-story - “Holiday.†“Holiday†portrays rival considerations and conclusions about the beauty of life as opposed to death, an interest which seems sporadically in majority of Porter’s writings. An examination of short-story reveals that the gist of Porter’s fiction is an elegant balancing of rival considerations particularly and intentionally designed to disclose to the reader the ambiguity and complexity of any situation or human relationship. The ambiguity within her short-stories is therefore intentional.


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