Ellen Weatherall in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" | Essay Assignment

Describe EllenWeatherall in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”? What was the turning point in her life? How did she change, physically and psychologically, as a result?

Ellen Weatherall’s character in the “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” is of an eighty-year-old sick woman who has a tentative hold on lucidity and constantly indulges in memories from the past long gone. She is disoriented and has no conception of the passage of time and often she thinks that her dead daughter Hapsy is alive. She had suffered from a major public humiliation in her youth when George, her fiancé, had abandoned her at the altar. The event had changed her completely – both psychologically and physically. Instead of cowering from the jilting, Ellen had shown a persevering streak that made her go on with life with renewed passion. She married another man, John, and had four children, and in spite of the early death of her husband, she continued to raise her children as best as she could. Physically she became strong and cared for her farms and orchards and single handily managed her life. However, at her deathbed, she realizes that she had never really stopped thinking about her absconding fiancé and that the sense of being left alone was extremely great in her even if she had managed to repress the feeling. On her deathbed, Ellen realizes that her entire life has been spent in overcoming the feeling of abandonment and yet, she realizes in death, that abandonment is a reality that she cannot escape. As she dies, she realizes that even God has jilted her as she does not perceive God’s presence in her dying moments.



Work Cited:
Porter, K. A. (1929). The Jilting of Granny Weatherall. In Perkins, G, and Perkins, B, Eds. (2007).  The American Tradition in Literature, Volume II, 12th edition. (p. 1221-1227) New York: McGraw-Hill

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