The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall Essay

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A person's last moments can tell you more about them than you'd imagine. You might discover how scared they are, or how ready they are to meet their creator. In Katherine Anne Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" (rpt. in Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sounds, and Sense, 11th ed. [Boston: Wadsworth, 2012] 286-294), Granny is viewed as a manipulative and strong character as she attempts to hide secrets from her family up until even her last moments causing her strained relationship with God. Granny's last moments were spent resenting God because he had not given her longer to bury her secrets and hide a secret affair that would shatter her children's expectations of her; a very conceited thought for a woman lying on her deathbed.
Porter reveals Granny Weatherall's secretive and
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The way Granny is used and abused throughout her long life has worn her down and brought her to a breaking point. As Granny takes her last breath she begs, "God, give a sign!" (294) and when she is given none she "...blows out the light" (294) ending her life, and thus giving up on God. Her final jilting coming from the same hand who gave her life, God himself. The irony being that God not giving her a sign, held a secret sign. A sign that it was her time to let go. Granny Weatherall's willingness to push through her first jilting and raise her children alone shows how strong she was forced to be, and her relentlessness towards hiding the secret letters portrays her ability to be manipulative. Her strained relationship with God is brought on by a last minute request for more time that goes un-granted. Because God denied her last request Granny denies God on her deathbed and dies. Through her lifelong secretive behaviors, Granny is viewed as a manipulative and strong character who denies God in her final
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