Rough draft : The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” is a short story by Katherine Anne Porter, this story describes the last thoughts, feelings, and memories of an elderly woman. Granny Weatherall’s life literally “flashes” before her eyes,. 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.”
Thesis: Her past lover George, husband John, daughter Cornelia, and God all did an injustice by what Porter refers to as “jilting.”
I. The cycle of wrongdoing caused Granny to be a mixture of strength, bitterness, and ultimate fear as she faces her last moments in life.
A: George stood Granny up at the altar. He never showed at all and it is never stated that she heard from him again.
B: The pain forced Granny to be strong as is proven by her thoughts when she is asked if anything could be done for her.
II. Her child made her somewhat bitterly in her last few days of life.
A: Granny felt like she had been in some way betrayed.
B: She felt like Cornelia was treating her like a child.
C: The thing that most annoyed her was that Cornelia thought she was deaf, dumb, and blind.
III. Her final hours
A: As she felt herself slipping into death, she could not find a sign of God, George, or John to welcome her.
Conclusion: In life and in death, Granny Weatherall has been jilted and therefore made strong, bitter, and fearful. One must wonder that with these three characteristics in life, she must have due a great compensation in the afterlife. The greatest wrongdoing was that having been promised a Heaven, an eternal life, and Granny was once again left alone. [continues]
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