The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Essays
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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall is a 1930 short story written by American author Katherine Anne Porter. While the story is set inside a bedroom, most of the action takes place inside the mind of 80-year-old Granny Weatherall as she spends her last day on her deathbed. The narrative employs a stream-of-conscious monologue as Granny recollects her long life and ponders her imminent death in her final hours. As her remaining family members gather around her bed in support, Granny...
“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” was the first of Katherine Anne Porter’s Texas stories, all drawn from persistent memories of her own impoverished and motherless childhood as well as from her memories of her sternly rigorous and religious grandmother, Catherine Anne Porter of Kyle, Texas. Ellen Weatherall is a character distinctly different from grandmother Sophia Jane Gay, who plays an initially important role in the stories that make up The Old Order (1955), but whose influence is beginning to fade...
Porter’s strongest female influence while growing up was her grandmother, and several of her stories, including “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” feature a strong grandmotherly protagonist. Granny was able to face the humiliation and heartbreak of having her fiancé jilt her at the altar and still go on to lead a very successful life as wife, mother, and caregiver. Even after her later (and kinder) husband John dies, Granny pushes herself on to maintain her livelihood and family. Ultimately, Porter’s...