Flannery O'Connor Character Comparison

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Tanner Varner
College Writing I

Character Comparison
The grandmother and The Misfit of Flannery O' Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" are backward, opposite images of each other. However, the grandmother does have similarities with the character, Ruby Turpin in O'Connor's short story, "Revelation". The grandmother is portrayed as being a selfish self-involved woman who wants her way, a person with little memory, just a basic old woman living with her only son. The Misfit on the other hand is a man who feels he has done no wrong, but has just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the end comes too close to the truth, which scares him. From the beginning, the author introduces the grandmother and right off you see how she wishes they could take a trip to where she used to live, she tries every chance she gets to change the plans for the trip with her only son. "Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida," "I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it." As they drive and they talk, everything she says toward someone else is always a put down, towards the people they see and the people in the car. She sees a little "Nigger" boy and comments "Little Nigger's in the country don't have things like we do". As they drove she talks Bailey, her son, into taking a detour to see an old plantation she visited when she was younger, halfway there she realized the plantation was in Tennessee, and they were in Georgia. She keeps this knowledge to herself to keep herself out of trouble and being yelled at. As they continue down and endless road the cat springs free from the hiding place in which the grandmother placed it, which causes Bailey to loose control and wreck. While sitting on the side of the road a car with 3 men pulled over one the grandmother stupidly introduces him to everyone as The Misfit. One by one each person is taken to the woods and shot...
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