Merciless Death in Katherine Anne Porter's The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
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Merciless Death in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," Katherine Anne Porter gives readers a glimpse of the thoughts of a woman about to die. Lying in her bed in her daughter Cornelia's house, eighty-year-old Granny Weatherall drifts in and out of consciousness. Through her thoughts of events both current and bygone, it is learned that Granny has worked hard all her life, and frequently tells herself that she did a good job. She thinks of events that made her stronger: digging holes for fence posts, "riding country roads in the winter when women had their babies" (311), taking care of sick animals and sick children. Though Granny Weatherall tries to assure herself that her life has been rewarding, she is in fact unsatisfied in her last hours because of things left undone, being treated like a child in her old age, and loved ones she has lost.
When it becomes apparent to her that her time is running out, Granny realizes there are many things left undone that she meant to do. Granny thinks of tomorrow, a time that is "far away" and ...