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Pride: The Silent Killer
Pride will cost you everything but leave you with nothing. Pride can be taken as both a positive and negative trait. In both stories, they showcase how pride can be the root of all evil in different ways. In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor, the grandmothers pride stems from her belief that her way is the only way. When characterizing the grandmother, she comes off as a manipulative, prim, proper and a self-centered woman who dwells on the past. The setting of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” takes places in Georgia and Florida. Its presumed to be set in the 1950’s. The theme of the story is a mystery that sets you up for a tragic ending. In “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, Mathilde is prideful of
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Mathilde is characterized as a woman whom is materialistic and ungrateful. The story is set in Paris, France in the 1800s. The theme of the story is greed. While comparing the two main characters of both stories, Mathilde and the grandmother are similar because they both let their pride get in their way of their own happiness and the happiness of others. They’re also similar because both kept secrets that ultimately ruined their lives. On the other hand, both characters differ because the grandmother was manipulative and in the end only cared about herself. Mathilde was not manipulative she just had pride that she couldn’t get over. In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the grandmother's concept of morality has a great deal to do with whether one agrees with her than it does with actual goodness of morality while in “The Necklace” Materialism can distort your view

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