Motherly Characters In O Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Throughout the three O’Connor stories that we read, a recurring pattern is revealed. O’Connor’s portrayal of judgmental nature reflects in the hypocrisy, selfishness, and dishonesty of the motherly characters. O’Connor’s stories have the ability to captivate the reader in more than one way. In one of the articles that I chose, the author explains that O’Connor splits her stories into two groups. In one, the tale revolves around “a single viewpoint whose consciousness filters the events and give the reader entry into the narrative; in the second, several perspectives are juxtaposed, with the reader poised between them” (Foster, 13). Her stories are very memorable because of the twists that she gives the characters. Furthermore, the mothers in …show more content…
Although a mother is supposed to be honest, caring, and supportive, O’Connor managed to create a character that was the complete opposite. In her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the motherly character is the grandmother. Her condescending tone and manner is what makes her so unlikeable. The article by S. Maing-Alston describes the grandmother to be childish, selfish, judgmental, dishonest, and forgetful. The grandmother tries to portray herself as a good person even though nothing about her is positive. O’Connor “uses the character of the grandmother to show the dangers of self-centeredness” (Maing-Alston). The grandmother establishes herself with confident self-importance. She deceits her son and talks down to him and the children. Her misguidance and dishonesty was the main factor to her family being killed. The fact that she lied about the house …show more content…
The mother, Mrs. Hopewell, is not portrayed as cynical as the grandmother and Mrs. Chestny. She may not have as many negative aspects as they do, but there is no doubt that Mrs. Hopewell is judgmental and ignorant, and that makes her a less attractive character. All of the key points in the story are summarized in an article that states Mrs. Hopewell’s “judgment of Manley is incorrect, since he is a liar and a swindler” (GradeSaver). If Mrs. Hopewell had not been blinded by her ignorance and judgment, her daughter, Hulga, may not have been put in the situation that she was in. Hulga does not have a good relationship with Mrs. Hopewell, possibly because her mother pushes her beliefs on her, and that only makes Hulga resent her

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