“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor begins with the introduction of the grandmother. It can quickly be noted that this woman holds herself in high regard. Grandmother views herself as a prim and proper lady. However, she does not possess the qualities of a lady. She is dishonest, selfish, and hypocritical.
The grandmother steps into her new role as a good parent, and the granddaughter follows along, and in this act their lives are changed forever. As the grandmother accepts the task of being a parent she realizes something that every good parent should, you can’t change the past… but you can learn from your
In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and David Leavitt’s “A Place I’ve Never Been,” the reader is able to see a glimpse into the lives of two different women who are unable to let go of the past. These two women, Grandmother and Celia, are trapped in a state of imagination where they cannot move on in their life. Through the tones of Grandmother from “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and Celia from “A Place I’ve Never Been,” their hasty comments, and the imagery used in their imaginations, is is clear to the reader both Grandmother and Celia are unable to leave the past where it belongs—the past. In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Grandmother’s tone is seen as stern, repetitive, and old-fashioned when she is talking to her family and The Misfit. This is done through comments such as, “In my time, children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else (O’Connor pg.
My grandmother loved my grandfather so much she was always by his side twenty four hours a day caring for him. She had nurses to help her out since taking care of him was a full time job. My grandmother knew putting him in a home would only make him sicker, and she wanted him to have the best she could provide for him in his last days. My grandmother’s role in my grandfather's life has shown me what unconditional love truly is. In the short story, “The Moths”, by Helena Maria Viramontes, a Latin girl is unconditionally taking care of her dying grandmother.
While the misfit has the grandmother on the ground, and about to shoot her, the grandmother thinks the misfit is soon to cry. She gets off the ground and tells the misfit that “you’re one of my babies. You’re one of my own children” (O’Conner) hoping that this would potentially save her life by spreading a little kindness to the misfit. Sadly, this does not do what she was hoping. This is the first and last time the grandmother shows courtesy to someone besides her own self in the story.
The grandmother’s calculating personality is exposed in actions towards her family. At the beginning of the story, the grandmother does not want to go on the vacation her family has planned, instead she tries to persuade them to go
In the article, “ One of my Babies: The Misfit and the Grandmother” by Stephen C. Bandy, the author Bandy studies the main characters those being the Grandmother and the Misfit. The articles main focus is on the religious belief, and to flaw the Grandmother real “values”. Bandy also shows the reader how in the beginning the Grandmother is known to be good spirited and faithful to her religion. The Grandmother’s character has a drastic turn point following the end of the story. She deceives her faith only accepting it for
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.
When comparing and contrasting the two short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Revelation” written by Flannery O’Connor, many similarities are noticed between the main characters as well as many differences. The author of the short stories based them on rejection and redemption in the modern world and it is shown in both stories. The Grandmother and Mrs. Turpin are similar and opposite when comparing being selfish and hypocritical, as well the amount of grace in each character’s life’s. Both the grandmother from “A Good Man is Had to Find” and Mrs. Turpin from “Revelation” are selfish characters but show their selfishness in different ways. The grandmother is selfish throughout Flannery O’Connor’s short story and the author displays it many times during the story.