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Betrayal is the central theme portrayed throughout Katherine Anne Porters The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.

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Smith Betrayal Betrayal is the central theme portrayed throughout Katherine Anne Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” Granny Weatherall is betrayed many times in her life as a mother, wife, and a woman. Granny Weatherall is betrayed by George, John, and even her own children. As a young woman Granny Weatherall is jilted at the altar by her preceding fiancé, George. George left Granny Weatherall at the altar and never spoke to her again. This incident not only leaves Granny Weatherall traumatized, but the feeling of betrayal in their relationship is unbearable for Granny. Granny states,” For sixty years she had prayed against remembering him and against losing her soul in the deep pit of hell, and now the two things were mingled in one and the thought of him was a smoky cloud from hell that moved and crept in her…”(Porter 625). ...read more.


John?s proposal saves Granny Weatherall from having to be a single parent raising a kid. Granny has a good life with John until he dies at a young age. This is a disappointment for Granny and she starts feeling sorry for herself because she has already been betrayed once before. The one man that Granny Weatherall thought would be there her whole life is now not a part of it. John leaves Granny Weatherall to do chores, raise the kids, and provide for her family all by herself. Also, Granny Weatherall is betrayed by two of her children, Hapsy and Cornelia. Hapsy, Granny?s favorite daughter, left her mother when she dies giving childbirth. ...read more.


Granny Weatherall wants to show George how successful she has become. Granny Weatherall states,? 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? (Porter 626). In all of the years that she tries to impress George, she could have been focusing more on her happiness with her family. Granny Weatherall betrays herself by not living life to the fullest because she is too worried about a guy that left her at the altar. In conclusion, Granny Weatherall is jilted throughout her life by loved ones like George, John, and her two children. Granny Weatherall has been betrayed by many during her lifetime. Each of these betrayals has made Granny Weatherall who she becomes. ...read more.

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