preview

The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall Summary

Good Essays
Weathering the Storm Katherine Anne Porter, a native Texan, wrote “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”. Granny is being visited by the doctor. She denies being sick but feels her bones floating. Granny remembers the past but at times confuses it with the present as she wavers in and out of reality and consciousness. The hard work of life reminds her of the letters in the attic that she does not want her children to find and that she took great pains to keep a tidy house. She had prepared herself for death at sixty and then “got over the notion” after she actually became ill and recovered. Cornelia’s attentiveness makes Granny feel old, but her other children, Jimmy and Lydia, still ask her advice reminding Granny of raising the children. Granny…show more content…
Even when at sixty Granny believed she was dying, Granny overcame the sickness because she endured. Endurance is a means of persevering through adversity. Granny recalls riding out to women having babies and sitting with sick animals and people and hardly ever losing one. Granny was not self-absorbed but became involved in helping others through their problems. Mentoring a person suffering an adversity is a chance to help them but also a chance to make use of a personal adversity and persevere. Joseph Wiesenfarth asserts Granny’s children are her consolation for the pain suffered in her life (“Internal Opposition” 106). The attentiveness of Cornelia and the rushing of Lydia and Jimmy to be at their dying mother’s bedside points not to children who consoled their mother but of a mother who consoled her children overcoming adversity for the sake of their future. Focusing on the future is a means of perseverance through…show more content…
Granny Weatherall has weathered all with more than her fair share of life’s adversities. The oldest adversity Granny recalls is George’s jilting. Joseph Wiesenfarth declares the jilting is the “central fact of her life,” (“Internal Opposition” 107). Anyone would have been hurt by being left at the altar and would have thought about it over the years. Granny wishes to forget the jilting because she is self-disciplined with no desire for self-pity. The internal quality of self-discipline is a means of persevering through adversity. Granny states she is on intimate terms with “a few favorite saints” and mentions St. Michael. St Michael is a warrior. Granny views herself as a warrior and has fought and conquered her adversities. A fighting spirit is a means of persevering through adversity. Joseph Wiesenfarth insists that after George’s jilting Granny never risked loving again (“Internal Opposition” 108). This fallacy implies Granny felt no real love for John. Granny has not forgotten the pain of the jilting and that painful memory serves to contrast and enhances her love for John. Granny wishes to show off the children to John, not George. Granny remembers her appearance and youthful looks when remembering John, not George. Granny knows true love because she has known true sorrow. Granny’s true love for John is what carried her through the hardships of life, and John is the bridegroom she looks for at
Get Access