She draws an intimate portrait of a strong, independent woman who, over the course of a lifetime, has harbored a deep and painful secret.
Porter's use of religious symbolism can be seen in the vision Granny has of Hapsy holding her infant son.
Early in the story, Porter uses images of floating to convey Granny's state of mind as she wavers in and out of consciousness.
Granny's "bones felt loose, and floated around in her skin".
After getting over a long fever some twenty years earlier, Gran ny had once and for allgotten over the idea of dieing.
Although trying to appear strong during her struggle with deathand commenting she couldn't be worried now, she had ongoing illusions of her dead daughter Hapsy and Hapsy's baby.
Webster's dictionary described the word 'jilt' as the act of breaking with a lover who does notwant to end the relation ship in a callously light-headed way.
Jilting took ona double meaning in'The Jilting of Granny Weatherall' by Katherine Anne Porter with Granny's strength andweaknesses revealed by her reactions to her being left at the altar and her slow death sixtyyears later.
Her father lived to be 102, so she might just last to "plague Cornelia a little". Granny has weathered sickness, the death of a husband, the death of a baby, hard farm labor, tending to sick neighbors, yet she has kept everything together.
Granny reflects on the old days when her children were still young and there was still work to be done. She muses that he will not recognize her, since he will be expecting a "young woman with the peaked Spanishish comb in her hair and the painted fan". She has "spread out the plan of life and tucked in the edges neat and orderly".