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英国essay代写:How does the grandmother change in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

2019-02-11 | 来源:51due教员组 | 类别:Essay代写范文

本篇essay代写- How does the grandmother change in A Good Man is Hard to Find讨论了小说《好人难寻》。在小说《好人难寻》中,祖母大部分时间里是虚伪、不诚实和自私的,在她临死前,她终于以同情和理解的眼光看待他人。相比之下,事件前后的变化是明显的。然而,祖母并不是导致小说悲剧的唯一原因。悲剧只能发生在特殊的时期。社会和其他氛围造就了祖母,她是弗兰纳里·奥康纳生活的那个时代的典型人物。祖母的变化也是当时很多人所面临的变化。本篇essay代写51due代写平台整理,供大家参考阅读。

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I. Introduction

This essay will analyze how the grandmother in the novel “A good man is hard to find” was a hypocritical, dishonest, and selfish person at first, but just before her death, she turned to see others with compassion and understanding. The essay will be divided into three parts, first one will analyze the grandmother before her change. The second part will show how the grandmother changed. At last, the background will be discussed.

II. Before changed

“A good man is hard to find” is a tragic story. This story began as the family planned to go to Florida on holiday, but the grandmother insisted on going to east Tennessee because of according to the newspaper The Misfit headed toward Florida. The grandmother wanted to go to a plantation where she often visited when she was young and she persuaded her son Baily to drive there although the road is bad. Unfortunately, they had a car accident on the dirt road. They requested three people who passed by for help. However the grandmother recognized them, and one of them was The Misfit. Although the grandmother spoke a lot to persuade The Misfit, the whole family was still killed by The Misfit.

The unnamed grandmother was a selfish “lady”. Before the tour, the grandmother showed her selfish during the discussion of their destination. She wanted to go to Tennessee instead of Florida because she wanted to meet her friends. However, she used the other two reasons. The one was The Misfit headed for Florida and the other was the children have been to Florida before. She knew that her son hate to bring the cat to the motel, but she still brought the cat, which was one of the direct factors to the car accident as well as the death of all the family members. She lied to the children about the secret panel, and opts not to reveal that she made a mistake about the location of the house. Even when the Misfit systematically murders the family, the grandmother never once begged him to spare her children or grandchildren. She pleaded for her own life.

The mother’s image here is totally different from the traditional novels, in which the mother always willing to sacrifice herself for her children’s life. Flanner O’Conner isn’t the only writer wrote about mother like this. Similarly, in the novel called The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson, Mrs. Hutchinson wanted to spread the risk of death to her children. When her husband got the paper with the black dot on it, she complained about the unfairness, and even wanted her already married daughter to join the lottery too. These two novels showed the similar mother image, a selfish mother as well as lack of love between the mother and children.

At the same time, the grandmother considered herself as the standard of the right life. She always spoke a lot. When refers to the Bible,

“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes …. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

The grandmother wasn't an ideal women for this standard. She freely and frequently passes judgment on others during the journey. She chastises her grandson for not having more respect for his home state and parents. She didn’t show any sympathy to the little Nergo without any britches on. And she even wanted to paint a picture about that. She also takes any opportunity to judge the lack of goodness in people in the world today. For example at The Tower for barbecued sandwiches, she thought that Europe was to blame for the way people did in the USA – “a good man is hard to find”. During all this, she proudly wore her carefully selected dress and hat, recorded the mileage on the car, certain that being a lady is the most important virtue of all, one that she alone harbors.

On the contrary, the grandmother wanted love or care from family members. There is a grandmother called Phoenix Jackson in the short story A Worn Path written by Eudora Welt. Although Phoenix Jackson was unselfish as the path she took was for the medicine for her grandson, which is different from the grandmother. They have some similarity in the social background and their desire for family love. When the family members had an accident, the grandmother said: “I believe I have injured an organ.”. But nobody responded to her. As the oldest member in the family, the grandmother’s safety was not cared for by her children.

III. The grandmother’s change

The novel uses nearly 1/2 in describing the journey before the family met The Misfit. And the grandmother changed after she recognized the people who seemed to help them was The Misfit. While kept talking with The Misfit, the grandmother firstly said that she thought The Misfit was a good man. At this time, what she said was just to save her life. However, with the incident going on, when her son and grandson were taken into the forest and killed. She cried her son’s name. She cried some other times as the murder took her son’s shirt, as well as when they took her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. When she knew that The Misfit didn't kill his father as the paper wrote, she regarded him a good man again. She showed her sympathy to The Misfit. In her moment alone with The Misfit when she was facing death, she finally understand her fault in her life. She realized that she was flawed like others. She told The Misfit that he was “one of own son”. At the very moment, she got the ability to understand others with compassion and understanding.  After that, she died.

IV. Background analysis

The grandmother in “A good man is hard to find” lived in a special period in America, around 1940s to 1950s, after the great depression and World War II. It was a time that although both the industrial and social had developed a lot, the society till faced many difficult problems and dilemmas. The old aristocratic romantic thoughts was replaced by new practical thoughts. The grandmother in the novel always thought about the past time. For instance, she told the children about Mr. E.A.T, and thought he was a good man. Another detail is when she chatted with the owner of barbecued sandwiches, when they both recalled the good time in the past. As mentioned in part 2, the unnamed grandmother isn’t the only women image under that background, both Mrs. Hutchinson in The Lottery and Phoenix Jackson in A Worn Path shared some similarity to the grandmother.

V. conclusion

According to the discussion in this essay, the grandmother in the short story, who was hypocritical, dishonest, and selfish for the major part of the novel, turned to see others with compassion and understanding at last just before her death. By comparison, the change is clear before and after the incident. The grandmother, however, wasn’t the only one leads to the fiction’s tragedy. The tragedy can happen only in the special period. The society and other atmosphere made the grandmother, she was a typical case at the time when Flanner O’Conner lived. The change of the grandmother is also the change of many people faced at that time. As it says in the Bible, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” ( Romans 3:10).

Works Cited

Gordon, Caroline. “The New York Times Book Review” The New York Times Company, 17 June 2003:3. Print

Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery. New York: The New Yorker, 1948. Print

Rubin, Louis. “Two Ladies of the South” Detroit: Gale Research Company, 2004.Print

Welty, Eudora. A Worn Path. USA: Atlantic Monthly, 1941.Print

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