It is the grandmother’s lack of self-awareness about these characteristics that leads to the death of her family. In the article, “O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Doyle W. Walls, the author writes about how judgmental the grandmother is and how her actions lead up to her family’s death. Her southern side comes out as her character is building when she calls a little boy a cute “little pickaninny.” As much as the grandmother portrays herself as a good woman and a leader, her actions contradict everything she wants people to believe. The grandmother talks to her grandchildren telling them that they should be good people by listening and showing respect. Walls writes, “The grandmother has just been lecturing her grandchildren concerning
In this, Dee is worried about what her friends would think because she is ashamed of the shack in which Mama and Maggie lives. Mama is also ashamed of their home saying "I have deliberately turned my back on the house." (Walker 87) She describes herself in a condescending way of being fat and manly. She also mentions how uneducated she is because of school closure in the second grade. Mamma seems to be ashamed of her self as a whole (Walker 86-87).
What I got from the literature is that life is too short to live pointing out others defects. Before people point out others defects, they might want to take into consideration and examine their defects. For example, the grandmother was too concerned about others defects that she did not realize that her defects were just as bad since she was selfish, racist, and arrogant. The grandmother showed many bad characteristics like her being racist. Throughout th... ... middle of paper ... ...ave begged for her son and grandchildren life instead of trying save her life.
Dee thinks she is better than the rest, she wants to leave her family and heritage behind because she feels like they aren’t as sophisticated as she is. She tries to force "other folkways habits" on Mrs. Johnson and Maggie. In the story, you see how mama narrates that she pressed them with the serious way she reads, only to shove them away at the moment they seemed about to understand(10). Dee acts superior to her mom and Maggie and also treats them like dimwits because of their illiteracy. I think its best that one is intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy because they are different.
In this chapter Esperanza expresses her feelings of not being satisfied by saying, “Nanny is too young to be my friend. She is just my sister and that was not my fault.” In chapter 4, (My Name) Esperanza doesn’t like her name; she doesn’t like it because of who she inherited it from. Esperanza inherited her name from her great-grand-mother who was been raped. Esperanza showed how she hated her name by saying, “I would like to baptize myself under a new name. “ These quotes show that she really hated ... ... middle of paper ... ...ere, they just want to leave the place but according to their paradigm it’s very hard to do.
Beloved does not understand her mother; she hardly even hears her. What Beloved feels is rage for being taken away, rage for her mother acting rashly against her own will. Ex-slave mothers have experienced many things, but the experiences of slavery don’t necessarily apply to children who will never be in that position. Beloved doesn’t understand because Sethe was acting for herself, not for her child. Hughes portrays a similar interaction through poetry.
“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” written by Flannery O'Connor tells a story of a dysfunctional family on a roadtrip to Florida to illustrate the theme of self-awareness. The main protagonist in this story is the self-centered Grandmother whose lack of self-awareness is the reason why her family, including herself, are murdered by The Misfit (the Floridian convict). Throughout the story, the Grandmother considers herself as a good woman; however, it is through dialogue that reveals her true self. In reality, she is selfish, manipulative, inconsiderate, and dishonest. No matter how much she attempts to manipulate others into thinking she is full of integrity and a good example to follow, her actions contradict everything she wants people to believe.
Flannery O’ Connor was a woman who saw the hate and intolerance of some religious practices and sought to change it. Her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a call-to-action for society because it conveys the importance of acceptance through its characters and resolution. In addition to demonstrating the value of tolerance, the Grandmother is the first character who serves as a caveat for the public in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Throughout the story, the Grandmother attempts to present herself as the archetypical “good”, spiritual old woman. Ironically, she is a particularly repugnant human being.
Her hypocritical personality shows later on during the story when she is rude and does not show respect to many people that she comes across during the family’s trip.While the family passes through Georgia, the grandmother spots something that she thinks is absolutely amazing and makes the comment of, “Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!...Wouldn’t that makes a great picture, now?,” (O’Connor 3). If dressing like a lady means being “respectable,” then shouldn’t she have respect for other people? The answer is yes; however, the grandmother does not show that is respectable to the people that she comes in contact with. Also, she repeatedly puts down her grandchildren by saying how they do not respect their elders, state, or anything in general “If I were a little boy..I wouldn’t talk about my native state that way,” (O’Connor 3), and, “Aren’t you ashamed...People are certainly not nice like they used to be..,” (O’Connor 5), yet the grandmother is on vacation with her son and his family and does not appreciate this opportunity. Instead, she complains and talks bad about the grandchildren.
Toosweet represent the older rural African American women generation, whom was too terrified to stand up for their rights. She was portrayed as a good mother to Moody. She struggled to make ends meet, yet she did everything she could to provide shelter and food to her children. Toosweet has encouraged Moody to pursue education. However, she did not want Moody to go to college because of the fear of her daughter joining the Civil Rights Movement and getting killed.