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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” describes the last hours of octogenarian Ellen (aka Grant Weatherall), a formidable woman who—after begin left at the altar decades earlier—recalls the trajectory...

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Both J. Alfred Prufrock and Granny Weatherall are quite focused on either the possibility or the reality of being rejected, and both connect rejection with death. Prufrock wishes to ask a woman...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018, 12:51 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Stream-of-consciousness is appropriate to Granny's thoughts as she lies dying because her mind moves in and out from memory to a blurred conception of the present. Devised by the Modernists as part...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2017, 6:40 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In life and in her dying, Granny is haunted by the memory of her "jilting." As Granny recalls all her accomplishments in life, she feels a sense of pride that she has been productive. "You waste...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

That is a very interesting quote you have given about this author and the effect that she achieves with her stories. I supposed from this story, however, one of the main cherished illusions that we...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2011, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

As George is the name of the man that jilted Granny Weatherall all those years ago, and as this is still something that Granny Weatherall remembers with shame and embarrassment, we can infer that...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011, 12:43 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Let us remember that this incredible story allows us to see the dying thoughts and cares and concerns of a woman who is thinking about preparing herself for death. She has so many things that she...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2011, 12:57 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In her moments of dying, Granny tells Cornelia that she wants to send a message to George or would like to see him. She wants to prove to him that, even though he jilted her, she was able to move...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall is first jilted by George many years before when he fails to show up for their wedding. On this occasion, she was left alone with a priest and it leaves an indelible mark on her....

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018, 3:07 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The name "Weatherall" implies exactly what it seems to imply. Granny seems to have, over the course of her life, "weathered all" of life's hardships and disappointments. She recalls various...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019, 6:02 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

This story is written from the third person point of view. A key indicator that the narration is third person is the usage of pronouns like "she." More specifically, the story is written in the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall is irritated by Doctor Harry's presence. She feels that Doctor Harry patronizes her, so she does not enjoy his visits. More than anything, she is upset that a doctor half her age...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The descriptions of nature or weather in the story reflect Granny Weatherall's state of mind. The morning of her death her bed felt "pleasant as a hammock in a light wind". However,...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2008, 2:53 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

It is important to recognise the masterful way in which Katherine Anne Porter uses the stream of consciousness narrative to show the increasingly muddied and unfocussed thinking of Granny...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2011, 2:57 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

It is clear that Granny's possession of love letters to both George, the man who jilted her, and John, the man she eventually married and had children with, reflects her continued romantic feelings...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall recalls Hapsy, her favorite (and youngest) daughter. Granny begins to conflate remembrances of the past and the present. At one point, she even thinks she is Hapsy. She seems to...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2013, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," by Katherine Anne Porter, I think that Granny wants to see George, sixty years after their break-up, to tell him that she forgot about him; however, I think...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2011, 8:30 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The text does not explain why Hapsy does not come to Granny Weatherall’s deathbed, nor does it tell us where Hapsy is. However, toward the end of the story, when Granny asks her daughter Cornelia...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2018, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

At the very beginning of the story, from the very first paragraph, Granny is extraordinarily disdainful of the doctor. She even goes as far as to refer to him a "brat" in her head. She is convinced...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny recalls the day George left her standing at the altar, the day he jilted her. Granny does want to tell George that she lived a full life even without him. But Granny also wants to tell...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2008, 2:30 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall has been through a lot. Twenty years earlier, when she was sixty years-old, "she had felt very old, finished, and went around making farewell trips to see her children and...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 9:33 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Part of the irony of this story is that Granny feels she is on her feet now "morally speaking". However, she is dying isolated, waiting for a sign from God that never comes. She...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2008, 8:12 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Ellen Weatherall is stubborn and even a little combative. "She flicked her wrist neatly" out of the doctor's fingers as he is attempting to examine her, and she "pulled the sheet up to her chin,"...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019, 1:57 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," passages such as these serve as figurative language to describe the foggy mind of the dying protagonist. The doctor, for example, is in no way literally...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

There are several symbols in Katherine Anne Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." Symbols of Christianity A candle, a crucifix, and a rosary are on a table covered with linen (as is an...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2017, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

George was the man to whom Granny was engaged when she was twenty. He jilted her at the altar on their wedding day, and sixty years later, the memory of the pain of his abandonment still has the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2008, 7:45 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In the short story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," many details illustrate Granny's physical and emotional strength as she lies on her deathbed. Granny remembers her physical strength when she...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Wetherall has encountered many challenges during her long, hard life. One might say she's weathered many storms. Whatever life's thrown at her, she's always managed to get through...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019, 5:46 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Cornelia is Granny's daughter who is caring for Granny. Granny seems mostly annoyed by Cornelia. She says that Cornelia is too good and dutiful and she needs a spanking. When Cornelia is crying...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2007, 10:52 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall isn't ready to die yet, or so she thinks, because she has not experienced the stereotypical "seeing the light, the tunnel, Jesus holding out his hands" type of...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2008, 10:25 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall conflicts with Doctor Harry, who treats her like a little girl despite the fact that he is so much younger than she is. He says to her, "'Now, now, be a good girl, and we'll have...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

While she is sick, Granny notes that she "isn't too old yet" to give advice to Lydia about her children. Her son Jimmy had continued to ask her for business advice. Granny indicates that Cornelia...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall is, of course, on her deathbed. As she is dying, she hallucinates, her mind moving in and out of the conscious world. "A long way back through a great many rooms," she finds her...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Since "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" involves stream-of-consciousness there is a great deal that goes on in Granny's mind that does not find itself in reality; as a result, the outcome is very...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2014, 1:21 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The man who "cursed like a sailor's parrot" is an unnamed character who was present long ago when Granny realized she had been jilted at her wedding. At that moment, Granny was so overwhelmed that...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009, 6:40 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

To think about the meaning of a name, start first with the literal meaning, and then second with the associated or metaphorical meaning. To "weather" something is to make it through; the expression...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2007, 10:26 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny Weatherall was jilted at the alter by George. She waited for George and he never showed up. On her deathbed, she waits for Hapsy and a sign from God or Jesus that this is her time and she...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Granny's physical circumstances are pretty plain: she's eighty years old, near death, and in bed at her daughter's house, drifting in and out of consciousness. Her mental state is a little more...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The man in the cart could be John, he had taken the reins before in her life and led her on a safe journey--their life together with their children. She recognized "him by his hands, driving...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2008, 3:33 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

You have asked an excellent question that relates to the ending of the story, the symbolism of the light that Granny Weatherall blows out and also the importance of her jilting to her life and how...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2010, 12:54 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

After all of her children begin to arrive, understanding that her death is fast approaching, Granny Ellen Weatherall realizes that "she had changed her mind after sixty years and she would like to...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 12:20 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

In “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” Granny’s attitude toward her illness, the doctor, and Cornelia is one of pride and contempt. To understand Granny's contempt, the reader needs to understand...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

I would say that Doctor Harry is a flat character, and that his flatness is appropriate to the story. He's flat because he's just a set of tics and external characteristics, described from the...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2007, 12:02 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Considering that the story is narrated as a stream of consciousness, one might want to start stating that she is narrating from one same setting, but jumping from memory to memory. It would not be...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2010, 11:28 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Whether or not she cares to admit it to herself, Granny Weatherall is reaching the end of her life as the story begins, and during the course of this story she spends time reminiscing about, among...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

When Granny thinks about hell, she is thinking about the day she was jilted and the mental anguish she suffers when she thinks about George. She prayed for sixty years trying to forget George,...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2008, 3:09 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Katherine Anne Porter's short story "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" is the tale of a woman who suffers a terrible situation in her youth: She is jilted at the altar on the day of her wedding day...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Of course, the stream of consciousness narrative adopted by the author gives us a real insight into Granny Weatherall's character. Clearly, if you read this story, hopefully you cannot fail to...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

John is Granny's husband who had died many years previously. On the day she was jilted, her world was collapsing, but John's "caught her under the breast, she had not fallen." John...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2008, 11:07 am (UTC)

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Hapsy, Lydia, and Jimmy are three of Granny Weatherall's children. Lydia lives "eighty miles" away, and often drives that distance "for advice when one of the children (jump) the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2008, 7:56 am (UTC)

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