Midterm Exam A Good Man is Hard to Find #2: What is the role of chance or fate in the story? •In Flannery O ' Conner 's “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the roles of chance and fate help to drive the plot to its high point. Chance is present when the grandmother, at the preamble of the story, refuses to be persuaded to travel to Florida in fear of a loose criminal nicknamed The Misfit. Instead, she decides on a whim to visit a friend in Tennessee.
I’ve seen him when - what else do they want from him, Maudie, what else … They’re perfectly willing to let him do what they’re too afraid to do themselves - it might lose ‘em a nickel.. They’re perfectly willing to let him wreck his health doing what they’re afraid to do, they’re -’” (page 316) In this quote, Aunt Alexandra is complaining to Miss Maudie how unfair it is that the townspeople are making Atticus do things that they don’t want to do.
The grandmother insincerely calls the misfit a good man because she simply would do anything to survive, even if that means lying. She does it because she doesn’t care about anyone but herself. She completely disregards her own son 's life in favor of her own. The Grandmother in "A good Man is Hard to Find seems to only care about herself. She constantly portrays herself as a saint and points out that nobody can measure to her standards.
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” ,O’Connor displays The Misfit as a suspicious character. He is sneaky and cunning. In the scene where he talks to the family, he is not letting on what he is going to do, which displays a suspicious mood. For example, he says, “...but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t of reckernized me” (O’Connor 7). The grandmother is pleading for her life and asks if the Misfit will shoot her, he says, “I would hate to have to” (O’Connor 7)
It has the basic characteristic such as a southern setting, a crime with a bizarre character, and even some racial display with the south’s unwillingness to change. A sinister event is the heart of the story, and religion was almost the resolution. The story takes place in deep south with some outrageous actions and characters. The character of the grandmother herself is a bizarre character with the traits of antimeres. The grandmother thought the house she was looking for was in Georgia but it was actually in Tennessee.
This incident shows the reader that she wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues. It also displays that Hilly deeply treasures her reputation because of her reaction towards the situation. On the other hand, Aunt Alexandra has also shown the reader signs that she values her family’s reputation. In chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra did not allow Scout to play with Walter Cunningham because of his poor background. She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.
Although she thinks of herself as a refined, conscientious woman who is a good judge of character, her family sees her as she really is: easily offended, manipulative, dishonest and at loath to admit fault. In the beginning of the story, she tries to scare her family into staying away from Florida by talking about The Misfit. Her idea doesn’t work because her son and daughter-in-law are already very familiar with her manipulative ways of persuasion and just ignore her. She takes offense when her grandchildren don’t act “respectful of their native states” (35) or when June Star insults Red Sammy’s wife. In other words, when the children act like children.
Furthermore, Claudius has no emotion towards his family, this is because his mind is only focused on obtaining power. This trait that Claudius displays shows by how he did not initially kill Hamlet. Before Claudius develops a plan to kill Hamlet, he tells Laertes, “O, for two special reasons, which may to you perhaps seem much unsinewed, but yet to me they’re strong. The Queen his mother lives almost by his looks and for myself… She is so conjunctive to my life and soul...
While reading Mem Fox’s Reading Magic I wondered if my “helping” style contributed to his insecurities and issues with reading out loud. Whenever we have our read aloud sessions I was always correct his mistake or telling him to read a sentence over again but I rarely tell him when he is doing something right, So on Sunday, I was still reading Mem Fox’s book and I ask my eleven year old if he had read today, he said no.
The reasons I disliked English changed for various reasons over the years. All through elementary school I disliked it because I wasn’t good at comprehending the things they would give us to read and I struggled with putting things into words. Although my sister helped in a huge way by reading me books and getting me to appreciate literature. By middle school I enjoyed reading a book every now and then but despised classes because the teachers forced me to read books I didn 't want to read and I was still poor in writing skills that I hadn’t taken time to learn the previous years. By my freshman year my main hobby was reading books although it wasn’t until my junior year that I actually started getting involved and asking my teachers how to do things the correct way.