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  1. Introduction
  2. George is a heavy topic in Granny's life
  3. A tough but kind and loving Granny
  4. Granny's realization of her death
  5. Conclusion: Reflecting on the displeasures in Granny's life

Throughout ?The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,? Katherine Anne Porter makes Granny sound like she has not done poorly for herself. In reading the first couple of paragraphs of the short story, Porter makes it known that Granny doesn't have it easy. Life is hard on her. On the surface, there is a woman who thinks that she hasn't done so terribly for herself considering the hardships in her life, but there is definitely more underneath. Looking more into the Granny's life, the truth emerges from below the top layers. Porter uses events like jilting at the altar, the early death of her husband, the death of Hapsy, and getting no sign from God on her deathbed to show the disappointments in her life.

[...] She survives all the disappointments in her life, but this one Granny cannot survive. This was the final betrayal that she cannot recover from. Granny can bear being jilted at the altar by her first love, losing her husband at an early age, losing the one child that she could not save, but not seeing or hearing anything from the God that she had faith in and loved, destroys her. Granny finally gives up and let herself go. Why live if God won't answer or help you? [...]


[...] As her other children enter the room, Granny finally realize that this is her death, the end of her life as she knows it. Granny ignores looking to her children for strength. Instead she relies on her faith in God for strength and some answers about her life and where it is going from here. She asks God for a sign to answer these questions she has. When she dies is she going to go to heaven or go to hell? [...]

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