Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” tells of a family who takes a vacation down to Florida and encounters a wanted serial killer nicknamed The Misfit. While the story appears to revolve around The Misfit himself, it actually is about the true misfit of the story, the grandmother. The grandmother is the true misfit due to her inability to cooperate with her family, her inability to let go of racist tendencies, and her inability to live in the present. Right from the get-go, the grandmother is straining the relationship she has with her family by being uncooperative. The grandmother spends her time talking at, not to, family members who “didn’t seem to hear her” (O’Connor).
Manipulation is one of a psychopaths’ favorite things to do because that is how they get what they want. In a story by Joyce Carol Oates, Oates created a character by the name of Arnold Friend whom is a psychopath. After the departure of Connie’s family, Arnold drove up to her house with the intention of taking her for a ride even though she did not know him. Though Connie (15-year-old blonde) was extremely relentless due to the fact that she was unaware of who this man was, Arnold knew what he had to do to lure her out of her house. Arnold said, "I ain't made plans for coming in that house where I don't belong but just for you to come out to me, the way you should.
These relationships seem to be some of only good things Mrs. Reilly has going on in her life. He despises them because they give Mrs. Reilly ideas about how to deal with his behavior. When he hears this he tells his mother things such as “Are you speaking with that Battaglia strumpet ?” (Toole 300). Ignatius constantly becomes furious when he overhears his mother speak on the phone with Santa. Ignatius also completely detests his mother's romantic relationship with Claude
When Julia tells Winston she loves him, he is scared. Being in love will cause their deaths if found out. So the couple keeps it secret and it causes them to grow together. the lack of intimacy in 1984 has caused people act rash and live in fear. By both jennifer/skip and winston/ Julia ignoring leadership they are challenging
The attendant vaulted into the car, backed it up with insolent skill, and put it where it belonged.”(337) The attendant makes Walter feel incompetent because he can't park his own car. This leads to a feeling of powerlessness. Then as Walter is walking away he starts to daydream. His daydream is about him in court, he is on trial for murder. Walter zones out and he imagines his lawyer saying; “We have shown the defendant could not have fired the shot.
Instead of enjoying her time away from her family, all she thinks about is how they might be hurt and that it is all her fault. Soto says, ”But an ill feeling stirred inside her. She felt awful about arguing with her father. She felt bad for her mother and two brothers, who would have to spend the next three hours in the car with him. Maybe he would do something crazy, like crash the car on purpose to get back at her, or fall asleep and run the car into an irrigation ditch.
She wants everyone to do what she says no ands, ifs, or buts about it. As the story progress towards the end she begins to develop sympathy for the misfit in a plea to save her life. At first she is a little obnoxious to the family and none of the family gets along well, but with death lingering around the corner it makes her develop a new perspective of life. She cries out the name of her son but receives no response. She thinks being a lady and saying "You wouldn 't shoot a lady, would you?"
Walls was offered by her father to have sex with one of his friends in return for money. Luckily, she was able to avoid having sex with the man, stating that she is “not that kind of girl.” Another instance of sexual abuse in The Glass Castle is when Walls’ Uncle Stanley touches Jeannette inappropriately. After telling her mother of this incident, Jeannette receives no sympathy. In fact, Rose Mary ends up giving her sorrow to Stanley, claiming that she feels bad for him because he is “lonely.” Rose Mary also states that sexual assault is a “crime of perception.” This dismissal and victim-shaming is prevalent in today’s world. Unfortunately, even our youth experience what Jeannette Walls experienced.
Again involving Crooks, he is pessimistic with any dream as shown when he tells Lennie, “You’re nuts.”(Steinbeck 70). Crooks doubts all Lennie says about the dream. Steinbeck uses Crooks to represent the people in life that will tell one not to do things because they never got what they wanted. In addition to Crooks, Curley’s wife plays the same role, “‘He was gonna write to me about it...I never got that letter’”(Steinbeck 84) Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife to relay the message of not to trust anyone with a dream and to do everything you can to get the dream by oneself. He uses Curley to communicate a specific message about the American Dream.
By talking to Sister James alone, Father Flynn not only broke the rules but also seems suspicious. Father Flynn seems suspicious by talking to Sister James due to him taking time out of his day to go and try to convince her of his innocence. During the conversation between Father Flynn and Sister James, Father Flynn seems to threaten Sister James in a way: “You might lose your place as well” (Shanley 40). Father Flynn goes out of his way to convince Sister James of his innocence, which is very odd behavior considering she is at a lower position than himself. Father Flynn also goes and talks to Sister Aloysius against the