Opinions About Granny WeatherallDo you think Granny Weatherall is an admirable, justifiably proud woman and a good mother? Or is she something else entirely?
Granny Weatherall can be considered an admirable woman. She got past an early disappointment after being jilted at the altar, married, had children, kept house and raised those children, and therefore fulfilled all the duties she and society felt were required of her. She gave her children a good home, and they have grown into strong and independent people.
However, Granny is a crank. She has allowed the idea of death and regret to overcome her, and has set herself against the people in her life who love her because of this. Although she has prepared herself and has tried to convince herself that she got "my husband just the same and my children and my house just like any other woman," she is so full of regret that she does not recognize her children around her. She seeks God's reassurance at her moment of death, rather than embracing the life she had and reassuring her own children.
Granny is a proud woman in the way she keeps her house and takes care of her children; she thinks her husband, John, would be proud to see how hard she had worked. However, the secret she harbors makes her feel like a sinner in hell. "She knew hell when she saw it. For sixty years she had prayed against remembering him and against losing her soul in the deep pit of hell."
She can be thought of as admirable on a literal level, but the shame she feels keeps her isolated from those closest to her. She resents her daughter, "Cornelia was dutiful; that was the trouble with her. Dutiful and good. Granny does not feel in her heart that she is good herself and remains bitter until her death.