Granny Weatherall Essay

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Granny Weatherall





“A Test of Character” “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” a short
story by Katherine Anne Porter, describes the last thoughts, feelings, and memories of an
elderly woman. As Granny Weatherall’s life literally “flashes” before
her eyes, the importance of the title of the story becomes obvious. Granny Weatherall has
been in some way deceived or disappointed in every love relationship of her life. Her past
lover George, husband John, daughter Cornelia, and God all did an injustice by what Porter
refers to as “jilting.” This unending cycle of wrongdoing caused Granny to be
a mixture of strength, bitterness, and ultimate fear as she faces her last moments in
life. Granny gained her strength by the people that she felt jilted by. George stood
Granny up at the altar. He never showed at all and it is never stated that she heard from
him again. The pain forced Granny to be strong as is proven by her thoughts when she is
asked if anything could be done for her. “ I want you to find George. Find him and
be sure to tell him I forgot him. I want him to know I had my husband just the same and my
children and my house like any other woman… Tell him I was given back everything he
took away and more” (Porter 584). Granny did marry a man named John, but her
strength was again tested when he died at a young age, leaving her to raise their children
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