"A Good Man is Hard to Find" - English Essay

Essay by woofcatJunior High, 9th grade October 2006

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When was the last time you met an annoying idiot that criticizes everyone else, yet isn't too perfect himself? I bet it hasn't been long. In the short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find", a family has to deal with the same problem. The grandma is a frustrating and whiny character. She is a hypocrite because she constantly accuses other people of wrongs that she commits.

The grandma is extremely obnoxious. (pg. 227) "In my time...children were more respectful ... of their parents and everything else!" As she's telling her grandkids, she right after brings up, "Little niggers in the country don't have things like we do" and "a nigger boy ate it when he sees the initials E.A.T. (pg. 228)". Obviously, the grandmother doesn't have much respect for African Americans, and is comfortable with blurting out racial comments to underage youths. She shouldn't tell her grandchildren to show courtesy to their native state when she's making racist comments.

The grandmother is not only disrespectful to others, but gullible as well. (Pg. 230) "It isn't a soul ... that you can trust ... and I don't count nobody out of that, not nobody." Though she seems very incredulous, she is willing to believe "There was a secrete panel in this house ... and the story went that all the family silver was hidden in it. (pg. 230)" She shouldn't complain to her family at the beginning of the story about going to Florida where there's a loose criminal when she's willing to go someone else's house to look for treasure.

Along with her other negative traits, the grandmother is also spoiled. "The way Europe acted you would think we were made of money. (Pg. 230)" She brings up money as an issue, but she doesn't...