Denial: "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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John Caulfield
English 282
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Denial: "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"

The story,"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Ann Porter, is a short story based on an elderly woman on her “death bed”. She is in company with some family, but most of the story goes through her thoughts before she dies. You find out a lot about Granny Weatherall’s thoughts and values in her final moments. What stands out the most is the denial that Granny Weatherall displays.

"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" begins in Granny Weahterall’s room. She is in her bed talking to her daughters husband Harry, who is a doctor. She isn’t too fond of him and gives him a lot of attitude and Granny Weatherall isn’t Harry’s favorite either. This gives an initial impression of her being a cranky old lady, but with further readying you find out that she just simply isn’t fond of Harry. Harry leaves the room and speaks to his wife, Cornelia, about Granny Weatherall’s sickness. Granny Weatherall hears them and becomes enraged. She claims that she is fine and that she has been much sicker before and fought much more serious illnesses. She actually doesn’t even believe she is sick and that Harry is wasting his time trying to find out what is wrong with her. She claims that she has been ready to die for over 20 years. At first glance she seems to be upbeat about her future, but I believe that she is in denial.

The next part of the story she begins to tell you about her past and her relationships she’s been through. One of them is George. She was planned to get married to George but he left her standing on the alter. She was hurt by this but lets Cornelia know that she has lived a rich live and has regained everything that George took from her. She then begins to think about John. She makes it out that she had a wonderful life with John and she keeps wanting to see him. Although she makes it apparent that she loved John, even in her old age she hasn’t forgotten about George....
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