A Good Man Is Hard For Find By Flannery O ' Connor And The Necklace

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The Humbling of Prideful Women

It has been said that God will humble those who refuse to humble themselves. This certainly seems to be the case for the protagonists in the short Stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor and “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. “The Necklace” tells the story of Mathilde, a French woman whose pride drives her insatiable materialistic nature and transforms her into her own antagonist through a journey of self-destruction. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” introduces us to a Southern Grandmother whose prideful nature ultimately proves to be her fatal flaw during an encounter with the antagonist known as “The Misfit”. Despite the vastly different events of these two stories, they both demonstrate how the prideful nature of the protagonist ultimately leads to their downfall. Through a comparison of characterization focused on the beliefs and behavior of Mathilde in “The Necklace” and the actions and statements of the grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” it can be surmised that pride is ultimately the cause of their undoing and each story demonstrates why pride is considered by many to be a deadly sin.

Mathilde is characterized as “one of those pretty, charming girls” (Maupassant para. 1) born to a family of clerks, but who feels “all things delicate and luxurious to be her birthright” (Maupassant para. 2). While she seems to be a woman who lives a comfortable life, Mathilde is a prideful woman who believes she deserves…

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