StilesRichelle StilesProfessor SchleicherEnglish 102-124 April 2018 GrannyWeatherall’s DeathIn the short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”, Katherine Anne Porter leaves us hanging with suspense as to what actually happens in the last few moments of her life that slowlylead to Granny Weatherall’s death. Throughout the entire story Granny Weatherall has many different flashbacks containing unique happy moments from her life and some sad ones as well. Yet we come to realize that Granny has not come to terms with death or anything close in that manner. In the last few moments we have inside of Granny’s head, she finally perceives her life as a happy and blessed one, minus what George did, and patiently waits for a positive sign from God. But when she knows that God wasn’t showing a sign and has been ‘jilted’ again, it ultimately breaks her heart by her finally realizing that it’s her time to go.One of the reasons that lead to what happened at Ellen’s death is her accepting her life as it happened. As the nostalgic memories flow around in Ellen Weatherall’s brain, she tells us about happy moments in her life like second husband John and her children, Cornelia, Lydia and Hapsy and her grandchild, Jimmy. But hidden in those wonderful memories are some hints as to reveal to us that Ellen is on her last couple of legs. Yet we realize that Granny believes that she isonly sick and after a short visit to the hospital, she will be returning home with her daughter, Cornelia so she can continue to care for her. After her encounter with the doctor, she decides to relax her eyes for a little bit but it seems she was her body was doing a little more than that. “Hereyes closed themselves, it was like a dark curtain drawn around the bed” (Porter 453). Another 1
Stilestime was when she was revisiting a memory of her daughter when they were outside and a thick fog rolled over causing everyone to come inside. “A fog rose over the valley, she saw it marching across the creel swallowing the trees and moving up the hill like an army of ghosts” (Porter 455). The fog represents death and it slowly creeping in on her, ready to take her away.