Topics: Flannery O'Connor, Short story, A Good Man Is Hard to Find Pages: 2 (738 words) Published: April 15, 2013
Meghna Patel
Professor Ricketts
7th Feb 2013
Compare and Contrast of “A good man is hard to find” and “Everything that rises must converge” The small conflicts are usually resolved without awful result, but sometimes they are not. A good example of that would be the two stories written by Flannery O'Connor: "A good man is hard to find" and "Everything that rises must converge". The two short stories have different plots at first glance; however they do have many similar traits. With close observation one could say that, the characters in the stories that failed to get a feel for to their environment and the outside world have at the end of the day caused the death of their loved ones. Flannery O’Connor’s stories often feature characters that are similar in many aspects, facing different situations. The Grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and Julian’s Mother in “Everything that Rises Must Converge” are similar in a number of ways. Both the women remain nameless in the stories; the grandmother is referred to throughout as “grandmother” or “the old lady”. Both the characters are old females belonging to an earlier generation of the American South. Both are depicted as belonging to families that were once prominent in the South but are now living in reduced circumstances. The grandmother recalls the plantation houses of her youth and Julian’s mother recalls the palatial mansions of her ancestors. The grandmother and Julian’s mother are both living in the past; their social attitudes have not caught up with the changing times. Both the grandmother and Julian’s mother’s attitude toward African-Americans is a mixture of condescendence and opposition. The grandmother, seeing an African-American child refers to him as a “cute little pickaninny”. Julian’s mother too refers to a four year old African-American boy as “cute” and tries to give him a penny in what she seems to regard as an obligation of her superior lineage and race. The overtly hostile...
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