English 101, Comp. 1
31 March 2013
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Most people have experience the feeling of being rejected, abandoned, or walked out on? “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” is a short story written about an old woman, named Granny (Ellen) Weatherall, whom has felt jilted not only by her first love, but also by God. “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” was written by Katherine Anne Porter, a woman who lived a hard life, and later a movie was made of the story. Porter struggled with several divorces, several miscarriages, and losing her mother at the age of two (Wilson). Porter may have felt as is if she experienced being jilted by God to influence her to write such a story. The story is more of a summary of what Granny was going through, while the movie gives great detail of what Granny went through. From the readers perspective Katherine Anne Porter demonstrates conflict and mood between the mother-daughter relationship in her short story and later in the movie.
The conflict that is explained in the short story is the relationship that Granny and Cornelia hold. Cornelia is Granny’s primary caregiver; she cared for her mother to every extent and would do anything to make her mother proud. Granny is the mother who is very controlling and gets angry when she feels she is being treated like a child, “Get along… Don’t let Cornelia lead you on” (Porter). Cornelia was good and dutiful, “so good and dutiful… I’d like to spank her, said Granny” (Porter). Granny feels as if Cornelia has switched the roles between the two and tries to act as if she is the mother, and this makes Granny angry with Cornelia, and she demands a lot from her, “Well Cornelia, I want a noggin of hot toddy… I’m chilly Cornelia, lying in bed stops the circulation. I must of told you this a thousand times” (Porter). Granny and Cornelia have a strong and close relationship, but the mood in the story expresses that Cornelia is hurt, and feels as if...