Her story is on pointed out to be on the feminist side of things, because of what happens throughout the story. Chopin’s writing is very significant because of the feminist view upon it, and showed what a women felt like during the 1800-1900’s. The story begins with the audience beginning notify that the main character Mrs.Mallard, has a heart disease. There had just been an accident with the railroad, in which her husband was involved with. Mrs.Mallard’s sister jasmine has come to break the news to her that her husband had died in the accident.
Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. Peter’s daughter’s death was a part of his life and ruined him, so in order for Hazel to live her best life she cannot give up because Gus is dead. Hazel must conquer her fear of death to then live her best life. Only when Hazel lives her best life can she be ready to
Dressed in a polka-dot dress trimmed with organdy and decorated by a spray of violets, ‘anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once she was a lady’” (Wilson 103). In this quote, the reader could tell that O’Connor carefully planned the family's deaths. The events that happened in the story leading towards the ending, all hinted toward a tragedy to come. The foreshadowing in the story gave the ending away but she made it very hard to find. For example, O’Connor introduced the Misfit very early in the story making him
Being ready before others in the morning of the trip, she is wearing “a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small dots in the print” (O’Connor 414). With her white “collars” and “cuffs”, the grandmother makes sure that if she is going to die, she will look like a “lady” (414). Another situation when the grandmother wants to be seen as a “lady” appears at the end of the story, when she is trying to convince the Misfit not to kill her by saying: “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?” (421). However, her status does not help her to save her life, and she ends like her son Bailey and his family, shot to death. It seems that being a lady for the grandmother mostly means the external appearance, which means that a lady should look nice and be treated with respect.
This story is about a grandmother who does all the wrong things and ends up getting herself and her family killed. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, we go through this adventure with a family that never truly makes their destination. The lies begin to build and the loose term of a good man gets thrown around one too many times. Does dressing like a lady and acting proper like a lady truly save your life? The grandmother’s moral code and values are skewed and largely self-concerning.
I recognized you at once” which caused the Misfit to say, “Yes’m. But it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t reckernized me.” This causes her own son to whisper horrible things about her. After the announcement of this serial killer, the grandmother looks out for herself by asking the Misfit, “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you” (Kelly 362)? This shows her carelessness about everybody except her well-being. As Bailey and his son goes in the woods with Hiram, the grandmother and the Misfit began talking about praying as two shots went off.
Redemption is the act of being saved from acts of evil and sin. The debate of whether human nature is redeemable or not has been one to plaque religious scholars. In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, this question continues in the interactions between the characters; the most notable being the Grandmother of a rather horrible family and the Misfit, a murderer. While on a road trip, these two characters’ paths collide and lead to a rather unfortunate end where the Grandmother and her family are killed. While many readers believe the ending creates and overall negative tone of the story, some believe that there is a hope for redemption; the story’s author O’Connor who is a devoted Catholic included.
Ironically and paradoxically, nevertheless, once they make such sacrifices, true happiness gradually becomes less attainable. That is, for the sake of Ben’s “normality” they are willing sacrifice their other children’s happiness. However, in that case, how much is the idyllic family view worth, and can it realistically exist? In a sorrowful narrative near the end, the narrator, as though from the perspective of the protagonist, writes “because she had, and saved him from murder, she had destroyed her family. Had harmed her life... David 's... Luke 's, Helen 's, Jane 's... and Paul 's.
This is when Mrs. Mallard’s character finally starts thinking for herself. She no longer has Mr. Mallard to hold her back. Another case of character development is Mr. Mallard’s character. Critics have described Mr. Mallard as being abusive, and harmful to his wife. In the story Chopin writes, “ she will weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death...” (Chopin) This quote is an example that Mr. Mallard was not abusive or unkind to Mrs. Mallard.
It’s a meeting that ends fatally for the family, but nonetheless changes two characters for the better. The main character, the grandmother, is displayed similarly to many other protagonists that O’Connor had written- selfish, rude, and vain. She and the murderer, called The Misfit, are both used to show that people can change with the help of God’s grace. Symbolism is also prevalent in