“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”
In Katherine Anne Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” an old woman’s light is slowly fading out and memories from her past are phasing in and out of her head as she lives out her final moments. The times she was “jilted” are poring out of her memories, releasing themselves and allowing her the peaceful death she so desires. She has good memories: memories of her children, memories of her husband, and memories of her silly father: “Her father had lived to be one hundred and two years old and had drunk a noggin of strong hot toddy on his last birthday. He told the reporters it was his daily habit, and he owed his long life to that” (Porter). But it is the bad memories she is letting go of, the memories of her jilting. Her children surround her as she dies, floating about like balloons above her, but she does not want to go yet because she has so much she still wants to do. In the medial of “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” in paragraphs twenty-seven through twenty-nine, it constitutes the struggle of the memory of her getting jilted by the man she loved.
In the beginning of paragraph twenty-seven, the children of Granny Weatherall were not scared and did not have to hang on to their mother because the lamp was lit. Additionally, Anne Porter wrote, “Their eyes followed the match and watched the flame rise and settle in a blue curve, then they moved away from her.” This could be described as the light being symbolized as happiness or trust because when the lamp was lit, the children of Granny Weatherall let go of her and Granny Weatherall is thanking God for everything.
Furthermore, it can be seen that Granny Weatherall is noticeably knowledgeable from the way she talks to her children in paragraph twenty-eight. She tells her kids to never waste anything and that there is always someone who can use it. She was to show them that they do not always have to have someone there for them for them to be strong such as...
Cited: Porter, Katherine. “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” An Introduction to Fiction. Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 11th Ed. Boston. 2010. 79-86. Print.
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