The Misfit Inside : O ' Connor 's A Good Man Essay

990 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Raymond Tarango

Dr. McClenagen

English 1302 plo3 26 October 2015

The Misfit inside

O’Connor’s short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the grandmother initially portrays herself as a "good" Southern woman, and although her actions demonstrate to the reader that she is not a "good woman," it isn 't until the end of story when the misfit helps the grandmother realize it for her self .We believe we are morally better than what we actually are. The old woman portrays herself as a good southern woman; she believes that she is proper, respectable and perfect. But to the reader, the old lady’s tendencies reveal her to be a different person than who she says she is; she is a selfish liar as well as being very manipulative, and its not until the end of the story when she meets the wise misfit she finally begins to realize that she is not who she thinks she is.

Being a lady, for the grandmother, is tied to the way things were in the past. She believes times were better in the past therefore she thinks she is absolutely perfect. She is in a delusion that she will be known for being a lady no matter what happens to her.
“Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her necklace she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady”(O’Connor )

If the grandmother 's going to die, she will die looking like a lady. She 'll also…

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