Examples Of Egocentricism In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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There are plenty of on this earth who are egocentric. They feel that as if every decision they make is important and feel as if they are more important than everyone else. Flannery O 'Connor explores this type of mindset in her short story A Good Man is Hard to Find. The story focuses on a family of six who are going on a trip from Georgia to Tennessee after the Grandmother reads an article about a serial killer heading to Florida. After stopping to eat, the Grandmother convinces her son Bailey to take a detour; the car crashes, afterwards; they encounter the serial killer and then he kills the entire family. Throughout the story, the Grandmother exemplifies that she may be egocentric, so O 'Connor 's character of the Grandmother feels that…show more content…
When she sees the little black boy who was not wearing pants, she proceeds to call him a "pickaninny" and "a negro". Then she puts herself in higher position, claiming that he doesn’t have pants because she felt that black people don’t have things like they do in the country. 50 's were a time of discrimination against black people because they could not receive a high paying job, education, and vote. She does not believe change which is shown in conversations with the kids and with Red Sammy. When she speaks to them, she constantly uses phrases such as "back in my day", "back in my time. With evolving knowledge and technology everything is not expected to stay the same. During the conversation with Red Sammy, she then blames the problems of America on Europe. She said that European countries depended on American support from communism during the Cold…show more content…
While planning the trip, she uses plenty excuses in order to go to Tennessee to visit her friends. She complains that kids have already been to Florida and needs to "be broad". She used The Misfit as her last resort to go to Tennessee. When leaving to go on the road, she sneaks her cat Pitty Sing, fearing "she may miss him too much". She could have her cat with someone. After The Misfit starts killing the family, she proceeds to beg for him to spare her life. This show that she is willing to live alone as long as she 's spared. She tells him "You 've got good blood". All her begging proved futile as she was shot. To me, her ultimate point was when said she would have Mr. Teagarden. Mr. Teagarden died wealthy from buying a Coca-Cola stock when the business started. The way she said that it seems as if she wanted to marry him because he had money rather loving him for being a gentleman. Though O 'Connor 's use of characterization, she managed to explore the egocentric mind of the Grandmother. She always wanted to be the center of attention, she was prejudice and believed things should stay the same, and she was very selfish. While she thinks she 's above everyone else, she felt that the world revolves around
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