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Character analysis in “AGood Man is Hard to Find”

O’Connor’s “A Good Manis hard to Find” revolves around a family going on vacation inFlorida. The main and supporting characters are fascinating tohighlight human weaknesses.

The grandmother poses as aself-righteous person. She dresses for vacation and the authorobserves that “people would know she was a lady” (O’Connor368). However, she is insincere, judgmental and selfish. On the wayto Florida, she said that ‘blacks do not have things like us’(O’Connor 368). When cornered by the Misfit, she isconcerned about saving herself and not her family when she said “youwouldn’t kill a lady…” (374). Also, it can be seen that herdomineering nature pushed those close to her to please her. Shepushed her family to go to Tennessee only to realize she had misledthem as they were to head to Georgia and vows not to tell anyone. O’Connor criticizes insincerity and pushy behaviors.

Unlike the grandmother, TheMisfit is firm and once he makes up his mind to kill the grandmotherhe does not think twice. He is sincere as he tells the grandmother,“I am not a good man…” (O’Connor 374). Being respectful, headdresses the grandmother as ma’am. Bailey is easily manipulatedand as head of the family, he has lost control and will do anythingto please his mother and children. He gives in to the pressure andhad the family head to Tennessee instead of Florida. Clearly all thecharacters have some flaws to highlight major human weaknesses. WhileBailey is cowardly, his wife is submissive. They could not save theirfamily from the domineering grandmother.

The Misfit who is seen to be avillain is principled and this is an attribute of a good man. On theother hand, the grandmother and her son are pretentious. They canhardly be praised and neither can they be described as good people.

Work cited

O`Connor,&nbspF.,Gavin,&nbspM., &amp Blackstone Audio, Inc.&nbspAgood man is hard to find and other stories.Ashland, Or.: Blackstone Audio. 2010. Print.

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The lottery, short story response

The story, ‘The lottery’ is set in a summer June 27, in a smalltown known as New England. Families gather annually to conduct alottery. The lottery in perceived as a ritual with a long history inthe particular town and the surrounding towns. Mr. Graves and Mr.Summers headed the lottery in one moment it is during this time thatled to the stoning of Mrs. Tessie Hutchinson.

Character Analysis

Tessie Hutchinson she is the culprit of thebarbaric ritual as she is stoned to death at the end of the lottery.She strikes the character of a free spirit person, since she arrivesat the lottery flustered, and jokes with the town folks as they makeway for her. Additionally, her character is portrayed when sheprotests the results of the lottery.

Old Man Warner he is popular for taking part inseventy-seven lotteries. He believes in the maintenance of the statusquo by keeping the lottery ritual, despite other neighbouringcommunities abandoning it. He also strikes as a very superstitious,irrational, and illogical old man.

Mr. Summers he controls the lottery. Mr.Summers seems to be a light-hearted but powerful in the village.Moreover, Mr. Summers is a jovial person. Nevertheless, his powers tocondemn people to death are rather scary and somehow barbaric.

Interesting part of the story

The story has several important scenes that are interesting andimportant to read. The most important part of the story is when thelottery commences when the husbands are subjected to bet on theirlives by involving themselves in the barbaric lottery. As such, Mrs.Tessie Hutchinson ends up stoned to death. Secondly, when the townfolk arrives excited for the barbaric ritual, furthermore, in thepresence of children forms another interesting part. To the extent,that young Davy Hutchinson is prompted to stone her mother. Finally,it is interesting how the Old Man Warner defends the tradition,despite other neighbouring communities abolishing it.

The story is metaphorical, interesting, and captivating. The authorwants us to learn that some barbaric traditions should be discardedfrom the society, despite the historical heritage, which accompaniesthem. Additionally, the writer wants us to understand the dangers oflottery or gambling because, in the conventional world, lottery posesthe dangers of economic death and other relative effects such associal disjunction. The topic is captivating and largely metaphoricaland ironical. This form of approach leaves the reader with anxiety tounderstand the perspectives that motivated the author to deliver thestory in that form.

The writing style of Jackson can be described as clinical andjournalistic. The author observations are clinical with reflectionsbeing largely journalist especially on how the town handles Tess. Thestyle also largely focuses on the plot as opposed to the conventionalcharacter-driven narratives. This is because the author stripscharacter building thus, no character is important in the town. Thenarration also visually portrays the sort of atmosphere the villageis in, but she does not provoke any emotions. She also clinicallyillustrates how the stoning is a socially accepted undertaking byalluding the senses of no hysteria, no panic, nor grievance. Shefinally journalistically symbolizes how the black box represents anaging tradition which people are unwilling to discard.

Work cited

&quotThe Lottery by Shirley Jackson – TheMiddlebury Blog Network.&quot N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2016.

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