Character Change In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Characters can change a great deal throughout the course of a story. Based off of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," we see just how much a character will change. There are many reasons for the character shift (undergoes an inner change) that are left up for our interpretation, which can be read about in The Theory Toolbox.

In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the grandma undergoes a great deal of shifting in her character. The grandma could also be recognized as being the protagonist of the story and as a round character (Hamilton 137 & 141). In the beginning of the story, we are able to see that the grandma believes she is morally superior to everybody. This can be seen from the quote, "I wouldn 't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn 't answer to my conscience if I did" (O 'Connor 205). From
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The relation of the two readings to each other is that in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," incorporates the idea of the signified and signifiers. The grandma wearing the hat signifies in her mind that she is a lady and therefore better than everybody else. The hat signified superiority over everybody because it was a sign of wealth and dominance. The Misfit and his gang having the guns signified that they aren 't good people. The guns signify that they are willing to do whatever they want because the gun is a sign of power.

Another way that the two readings are related is that "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" incorporates the idea of leaving things up for interpretation. The big questions that come to mind, is why did the Misfit not kill the grandma right away? Why did the grandma plead with the Misfit about how prayer would solve everything? Why did the Misfit not know why he went to jail?

We may never know the answer to these questions, we are to decide for ourselves what they mean. That was one of the main points of The Theory Toolbox. The answers aren 't always available and when that 's the case, we need to decide for
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