A Good Man Is Hard to Find Essay

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Grandma’s Personality In the short story, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, we find that Grandma, one of the main characters, aids in the death of herself and her family because of her own superior and conceited self. Grandma can be interpreted in many different ways, but I believe the strongest way to interpret her is that she is a woman who thinks highly of herself. Her actions are for her own personal gain and not considering other people’s feelings or thoughts. Throughout the story there are many scenes in which Grandma exhibits her superiority and self-conceit. The superiority and conceitedness of Grandma is portrayed at the very beginning of the story where the narrator gives us in detail what she is wearing. “The children’s mother still had on slacks and still had her head tied up in a green kerchief, but the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet” (251). The superiority sense comes from the ways Grandma’s clothes are described, which are fancier than the children’s mothers’ clothes. The way Grandma is dressed also shows she cares a lot of how she looks which brings out the conceitedness of her. Even though she is old, she dresses nicer than Bailey and his wife. The descriptions of her clothes imply that she is like royalty compared to the peasant look of the children’s mother. Just that description of Grandma’s clothes can say a lot about her. Even without knowing any other information because this story is written in the old days, people could verify who held the power based on what they wore. If they wear clean and fancy clothes, they are most likely to have money, or have power. To further prove the idea

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