A Good Man Is Hard to Find: the Grandmother: a Real Lady?

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ENG 102-07
September 15, 2010
Essay # 1
The Grandmother: A Real Lady?
The grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is a very unique person to say the least. In this classic tale of a terrible tragedy that happens to the grandmother and her family, I think people can safely say the grandmother was much to blame for what happened in the story. But the fact remains that even up to her last breath I do not think she realized that she was the major cause of the situation that she had gotten herself and her family into. Dramatic irony is created in the story because the grandmother never saw herself as the obnoxious woman that people as readers knew she was. The grandmother in this story viewed herself as a real lady because she had been brought up to always look and act as ladylike as possible. She looked upon herself as a fine specimen of a well refined southern belle. In her eyes, she had always been a smooth talker able to convince people of her fine upbringing and social status. She had always dressed in the finest clothing that she was able to acquire. On the day of the tragedy, she was dressed in a navy blue dress with an exquisite lace trimming and even had a purple spray of violets pinned at her neckline. No one could say that she was not a lady. Or could they? How the readers view the grandmother in this story is a completely different perspective. Most readers of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find “would agree that the grandmother was not the lady that she had envisioned herself to be. One of her biggest faults was that she talked too much. Throughout the story she talked when she probably should have been listening. Her relentless chatter was very annoying to the other characters in the story and to most of its readers. Not only was her talking annoying, but some of the bad grammar that she used was definitely not that of a refined Southern lady. She also used racial slurs that an upstanding lady would never think of using. The...
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