The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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Kristina Bell
English 1302.W1
Literary Analysis Essay
French, Bruce A. “Granny Weatherall: A Life of Quiet Depression.” Short Story Criticisms 43 (2001): 63-76. Literary Resource Center. John F. Moss/Palmer Memorial Lib., Texarkana, TX. 24 March 2010 <>. Blake, Robert G. “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition (2004). Literary Reference Center. John F. Moss/Palmer Memorial Lib., Texarkana, TX. 24 March 2010 <>. “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”

As we grow closer to our death, we seem to ask ourselves two simple questions: Am I happy with my life and what could I have done to make it better? Every day, someone dies wishing they’d finished something they didn’t or that they had treated someone better, and so on. In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”, Granny Weatherall was one of those people. She just could not let go of the past. Katherine Anne Porter used the theme of denial, the motif of wastefulness, and the symbol of the color blue to show how Granny Weatherall felt about the way she lived her life.

The story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter takes place in a room in Granny Weatherall’s daughter, Cornelia, house where Granny Weatherall is dying, but most of the action takes place in her head. This is the story of the last day of her 80 years spent on Earth. In Granny Weatherall’s final hours, she’s surrounded by her children while she ponders her death and thinks about her life. Soon her thoughts begin to reluctantly turn to the incident that occurred more than 60 years ago; her ex-fiancé George jilted her and left her at the altar. In semi-conscious state, that past and the present come together and she begins to see people and...
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