The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

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What is the reason that Granny wants to see George after sixty years in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Anne Porter?

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Granny Weatherall does not want to die.  She tells her doctor to leave her alone and go tend to the sick people.  Her life is slipping away as she drifts in and out of consciousness. 

Granny’s story is told through a technique labeled stream of consciousness. The reader is given access to the thoughts and memories of Ellen “Granny” Weatherall, an eighty year old lady, and the protagonist for “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Ann Porter. 

In the beginning of the story, Granny is still semi-lucid and can understand some of what is being said around her.  Frustrated because...

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We would expect Granny, at such an advanced age, to have overcome the need to 'show' anyone anything, but surely the author wishes us to believe that Granny is proud of what she's made of her life and wants to show George that she did not need him to survive.  At the same time, her wish proves that she never really got over him completely.  Therefore, ironic because she seems to have lived a rich and satisfying life, but she is still thinking of the one that got away.

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