The Jilting of Granny Weatherall


English 112


In the book and movie “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” there is one reoccurring theme of perfection. This theme is shown in the movie version and the book version. I do believe that the author of “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” Katherine Anne Porter, meant for this theme to be interpreted. Many other critics also feel as if the perfection theme was shown in the story. Such critics include Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, when she says that Granny Weatherall “ . . . betrayed, or fooled, herself, into believing that the universe was an orderly place where you were rewarded for “tucking in the edges” neatly.” Which can be easily taken as saying that Granny felt as if she accomplished perfection she would be rewarded. Which is of course is an impossible goal.


In the movie version of “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” the perfection theme can be shown through three major parts of the movie. The first being when it shows Granny walking through the yard and she stops to straighten a b n fence post, showing that the least thing aggravates her. The second is shown when Granny cleans the house with un-rested zeal and does not allow her daughter to help, revealing that everything has to be done right or her way no matter how tired, sick, or old she is. The third, and most powerful, showing the perfection theme was when Granny made the white cake. Granny would only use the finest eggs to make the cake, she would not let anyone be loud when the cake was baking, and she would not eat the white cake without the fancy white tablecloth. Granny also went through other extreme measures to make the cake “perfect.” Granny being so extreme with the cake shows that she felt as if she was going to do something that she was going to do it to the best of her ability. Therefore, it shows her again trying to achieve perfection.