The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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Ashley Gregg 2/7/12
Professor Vila English 102

“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”

In the short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter, the dynamic protagonist is granny Weatherall. She is narrating the story from her bed the whole time, but jumps from memory to memory. Granny did not go through a complete change in the story. Yet her character evolves over the course of the story.

Granny Weatherall, in the beginning of the story is lying in her bed with Doctor Harry and her daughter Cornelia by her side. Granny refuses to think that she is sick and dying. At one point in the story she says to the doctor “Get along now, take your schoolbooks and go, theres nothing wrong with me.” At that point in the story you know she is not capable of doing a lot of things, including not being able to get out of her bed.

Granny Weatherall does not fully understand her motivations in the story. She is eighty years old and sick, but continues to say to doctor Harry “Get along and doctor your sick, leave a well woman alone”. The way granny speaks in the story reveals that she is not well, but was a nice loving mother and wife who took good care of her children when she was younger.

At one point in the story, Granny starts to flashback and think about the time she was jilted at the alter by her fiancé George. We notice that most of her life revolved around that one time in her life. “She has prayed for sixty years to forget about it”, but she clearly could not because of all her memories about it. Granny had went from a bride at the alter who got jilted, to a woman with a new husband and a happy new family. At the end she realizes that every memory in her life had to do with that one day of being jilted at the alter. She then tells her daughter to find George and…...

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