The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

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Katherine Anne Porter was born on May 15, 1890 in Indian Creek Texas. Her mother’s name was Mary Alice Jones Porter, and her father was Harrison Boone Porter. Katherine seemed to blame her father for her mother’s death in 1892 she was then raised by her grandmother, Catherine Ann Skaggs Porter. Her grandmother told her many intriguing stories of the civil war and their families past; this was Katherine’s first introduction to storytelling. At the age of 16, she made an awful harsh decision, she ran away to marry her first of four husbands John Koontz. Porter fell ill with tuberculosis after her divorce. Porter brought herself out of a life of hardship, rejection and dealt with severe loss in Texas to become an American essayist, a short story writer, journalist, and an American author whose only novel was “Ship of Fools”. Porter is a novelist who writes about death, betrayal, and human evil. Her short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” describes the strengths, bitterness, and fears of an elderly woman. Granny Weatherall has been in some way deceived or disappointed in every love relationship of her life. This unending cycle of wrongdoing caused Granny to be a mixture of strength, bitterness, and ultimate fear as she faces her last moments in life. Granny gained her strength by the people that she felt jilted by. George stood Granny up at the altar. He never showed at all and it is never stated that she heard from him again. The pain forced Granny to be strong as is proven by her thoughts when she is asked if anything could be done for her. “ I want you to find George. Find him and be sure to tell him I forgot him. I want him to know I had my husband just the same and my children and my house like any other woman… Tell him I was given back everything he took away and more” (Porter 584). Granny did marry a man named John, but her strength was again tested when

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