She did not have much hope left anyways for her life because she annoyed the misfit with her ugly and selfish ways. In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match.
The grandmother’s selfishness, judgmental actions, dishonesty put the family in danger. It is the grandmother’s selfishness that leads to the death of her family. The short story “A good Man is Hard to Find” teaches us that nothing good come from being selfish. Being selfish has plenty of consequences. One of them is that when you are selfish you or your loved once suffer.
She says, ‘“You want me to be someone I’m not!” I sobbed. “I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!”... “Is wish I wasn't your daughter”... “Too late to change this,” my mother said… “Then I wish I was dead! Like them!”... Alakazam!- her face went blank’ (Tan). In this instance, Amy hated what her mother was
Bonney proposes that in "A Good Man Is Hard Find" the relationships are metaphorical, and the grandmother has to affront the "moral" mystery of her dead which provokes "ethical opportunism" which is seen when she starts convincing the Misfit that she is a lady and therefore “You [The Misfit] wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you? "(O 'Connor 140). She was manipulating him with cheap tricks. She tries everything to survive, which is exactly the same situation that the Misfit is in. Both use their intellect as a tool to achieve the most basic instinct.
Quashallia Potter English 1101 May 31, 2015 A Good Man Is Hard To Find In the story, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O ' Conner introduces many characters that have many different personalities. The one character that really caught my attention was the unnamed grandmother. She was one of the key individuals that manipulated, lied, and deceived many people. The grandmother also judged the lack of goodness in people and never looked at herself and inspected her on mistakes. Throughout the story, the meaning behind the grandmother’s manipulation was to have her way and get what she wanted from the different characters; for example, in the beginning of the story the grandmother did not want to go Florida on a family vacation
rom the story, the author uses a interesting situational irony as introduction to point out the family indifferent. For example, “The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee” (O’Connor 337). This shows that the grandmother was a selfish person. She only wanted to east Tennessee so that she used a reason “The Misfit [a crazy killer] is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida” (O’Connor 337) to satisfy her individual wants.
109) Abigail is one of the most inconsiderate, shallow and careless person there is in the Crucible, she does not realize that she is always affecting the life of the man she is rooting to stay and have all for herself. If Abigail really loved Proctor she should care and keep him safe from
But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over” (Hurston 72). Janie figures out that Joe is not the man she had married when the “image of Jody tumbled down” she begins to understand that Joe was not at all significant to her because he never cared for her and instead he was a bad influence. Janie figures out that he “never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams” the life she desires of with Joe Starks, is an allusion and Janie’s dreams are once again crushed. Janie is deceived by Joe because he represents empty dreams for Janie, he was a “drape [for] her dreams” Joe took advantage of Janie and manipulates her to do excessive labour for him in the store and constantly silences her.
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the grandmother’s selfish attitude and pride forces the family to change their traveling plans. The grandmother was persistent on going to Tennessee, but the rest of her family wanted to go elsewhere. After bothering her family enough she got her way. On this trip she convinces the family to take a small detour where they would meet their tragic fate of death. O’Connor shows how the grandmother’s selfish pride led to each one of the family members death.
Whatever he did she would have no say; Janie continued to keep silent regardless of what happened in their marriage, “No matter what Jody did, she said nothing. She had learned how to talk some and leave some. She was a rut in the road,” (Hurston 76). By this Janie was not well respected by Jody, she was not able to say how she felt. Considered being the wife of a rich man, she was treated less than
At the beginning of the story, she didn’t want to go to Florida, but instead to Tennessee to visit some of her acquaintances. She tries to persuade her son Bailey, despite his disagreement, in order to achieve her own desire. This is one way she acts selfishly, because she tries to change Bailey’s mind for her interest. Another way of her self-centeredness refers to when she points out the so called “Misfit” (O’Connor 112), who is released from Federal Pen, in direction to Florida. She lamently complains that she didn’t want the children to go in any direction with a criminal in it.
In A Mercy, Florens’s mother abandons her and gives her away to a slave master. Florens does not understand her mother’s decision and holds a grudge against her throughout the whole novel. This is the reason why Florens has such deeply embedded abandonment issues throughout the novel. Her mother made the decision because it was a necessary one. She explains that if Florens had stayed with her then her life as a slave would have been worse.
If a person is manipulative and their actions are paid for with people’s lives, would they be considered good? In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor the grandmother shows qualities that ask that question. Three reasons why are the following, she is manipulative, selfish, and fake. There is no good man or good woman in this story. The grandmother manipulates her son into going to an old plantation that she visited when she was young.
For instance, the grandmother, from “ A Good Man is Hard to Find” is being selfish by wanting to drive to East Tennessee. She had been making up excuses, like for example, “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is… headed toward Florida… I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like
However at the end it’s clear that the reader’s reaction can change when she has the conversation with the Misfit, she repeatedly says “I know you’re a good man...You wouldn’t shoot a lady”(14-15), because the reader know thinks that she really is selfish but she’s also ignorant and petty. The only reason that the grandmother is saying positive things about the misfit is because her life is at risk and the second part of the quote shows that she cares about herself and doesn 't ask if he would kill all the family. It shows all her pettiness making the reader think “No wonder why June Star wants her dead”. This is the grandmother’s characteristics of being selfish, ignorant, petty and etc but underneath all the evil that the grandmother has there can be some good things in her just like the