Where Have You Been And A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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We often focus more on the protagonist of stories, but what about the antagonist? Reading all three of the short stories Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, they all expand the idea of the “bad guy.” The antagonists are the ones that truly develop the situation of stories, because without them there wouldn't be a conflict, or a story in general... At least not an interesting one to say the most.
In the first short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates, the protagonist of the story, Connie, is described as a pretty young girl that possess a very flirtatious attitude and nervous giggle. While she was out to eat with her
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They decide to bring the old granny that can’t seem to shut her mouth. Everyone has that type of family member, but at the end of the day you just have to deal with them. But anyways while they were on the trip she tells a story about the ole misfit that’s of the loose. She didn’t want her grandchildren anywhere near the town he was last seen in. So therefore she talks about this plantations that has “hidden treasure.” Of course she lies just so she can visit the plantation, but after talking about it she’s quick to realize that the plantation is in Tennessee. This realization startles her and triggers the cat, the one she’s been hiding the whole car ride, to jump out. It causes the veer off and flip over. After the accident everyone gets out the car, and at this point they’re stranded. They all sit and wait for a car to come by. Luckily one did. The two men got out the car and tried to help with the damage. The One of the two men was the misfit. Of course the grandma notices, and opens her mouth. “You’re the misfit!” By her doing so, she got herself and her entire family …show more content…
She is very mysterious and no one doesn’t really know too much about her. Thirty years before Emily "vanquishes" the tax office, the townspeople complained about a terrible stink coming from Miss Emily's house. Certainly no one confronted her about it, so what they decided to do was sprinkle some lime around the house, which quickly resolved the conflict. Miss Emily then begins to date a man named Homer Barron, however the town does not approve. She is then seen buying arsenic at the drugstore, and the townspeople think that she plans to kill herself. Unfortunately they thought it was the best for her. After being seen at the drugstore, Emily was never seen again, until almost twelve years later. She was hosting painting lessons, and at this point Emily has gained weight and has obtained grey hair. But she dies shortly after. After the funeral, and after Emily is buried, the townspeople go upstairs to break into the room that they know has been closed for forty years. Inside the room, they find the body of Homer Barron, decaying in the bed. On the the pillow next to Homer they find an imprint of a head, and there in the indentation a long grey hair was

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