Despite the suggestion by Granny that she has moved on from the fact that George has rejected her and that she has found happiness with John the reader is left suspecting that Granny has never fully accepted that George has abandoned her.
After she was jilted at the altar by George, Granny Weatherall married John, who died young, leaving her with several children to care for. She wishes he could see the children grown up and believes that he would admire her skill in caring for others.
If this is the case then it would again suggest that Granny has never really let go of George. Taken from her Flowering Judas and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator however there does appear to be sections of the story which are written using the narrative technique known as stream of consciousness.
And in her last moments of life, Granny thinks of Hapsy preparing to give birth. The reason why I chose this particular short story was that it reminded me of my grandfather, who had a huge impact on my life, and as reading this short story of Granny Weatherall, memories of him filled up in my head Just as she makes no or very little physical movement in the story likewise Granny makes no movement emotionally or mentally.
It is also after reading the story that the reader realises that Porter may be exploring the theme of loss.
Granny's character is one where everyone can relate to because each one of us manages to feel sorry for her through the problems she must face along her long road to death The reader is introduced to a feisty eighty year old woman named Granny Weatherall.
Lying in her bed in her daughter Cornelia's house, eighty-year-old Granny Weatherall drifts in and out of consciousness. Though this may be true that Granny has persevered the reader is still left with a sense that Granny has repressed her feelings about how she felt after George abandoned her.
Just as she may deny the impact that the loss of George has had on her life, Granny also appears to be in denial about the fact that she is dying.