This negative thinking quite possibly could have led to the ultimate rendezvous between the convict and the family. The following day the family heads off to Florida. Another major point of irony happens as the story revolves around the grandmother’s traditional southern values of respect for other people, especially elders. At the same moment as the grandmother is lecturing her grandkids, John Wesley and June Star, about respecting their home state she sees a young Negro boy and says: "Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!”. Her hypocrisy becomes evident as she wants the family to do what she says not what she does.
Title effectiveness 1. Unstable Situation: The conflict in this story is the grandmother being unloving and manipulative. She always thinks she’s always right and never wrong. Some examples from the story are as fallow: “The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Baily’s mind” (pg.
1. TEXT: A Good Man is Hard To Find 2. DESCRIPTION: The story begins with a typical nuclear family from Georgia that is planning a family vacation to Florida but is being challenged by the grandmother who does not want to vacation in Florida. The grandmother has read about a crazed killer by the name of the misfit who has escaped from the pen and headed to Florida. _ Instead of staying behind the morning of the trip, the grandmother is the first one in the car.
He describes himself as cowardly but tries to help Montag. He is also trying to convince Montag to do what he wants. • Mildred Montag: (Empty, Blank) Montag’s wife, she is extremely suppressed, as shown when she is not aware of her own suicide attempt. Her emotions are under heavy lock and key and what is left is an empty shell walking around. • Clarisse: (Curious, thoughtful) A seventeen-year –old girl that Montag met during his walk home.
As the family sets off for their trip, all the grandmother does is complain that she would rather go to Tennessee. When she wasn’t even really invited, but rather going because she doesn’t like to miss out on anything. “Afraid she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.” (O’Connor 367). As the trip is under way she believes she is in another state, and mistakes a road for another one.
Her attire for the road trip was also used to hint at events to come, since her reason was so that “anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady, [just] in case of an accident.” As they passed the plantation, the grandmother was the one to point out the graveyard. She referred to it as “the old family burying ground.” Not only is it a coincidence that they passed a graveyard on their trip, but the graveyard had the same number of graves as people in the car. It also happened to be a “family” burial plot, which was symbolic for what happened to the family at the end of the story. In the end, they were all buried together in the woods by the Misfit and his gang. The grandmother was not only the character to introduce the Misfit in the beginning, but she was also the reason the entire accident happened.
Initially, Patty is an intelligent and good hearted girl. However, she is constantly put down by her parents so she longs for parental support. For example, “I wish Patricia would be more particular…would do you just look at that hair?”(5). Patty has an external conflict with her mother, because her mother is giving negative comments about her looks. Also, her mother does not like patty for who she is and just wants her to be exactly like her.
From the beginning when we were first introduced to Dee, we find that she has changed her name to Wangero saying that Dee is “dead” because she didn’t think her name, Dicie, had any cultural significance and so she choice a name she felt suited her more. She says she couldn’t bear being named after people who oppress her. She has no connection or respect with her family. This is sad because she doesn’t like who she once was. Although she has learned a lot from her schooling and has a better knowledge than her mom & sister, I feel she possesses this know-it-all attitude about what heritage really is.
Connie thinks unkindly of her mother and sister. She believes her mother’s “looks were gone” and decides this is her mother’s motivation for picking on her (623). A clue to Connie’s fate is inserted by Oates when Connie’s mother mentions the “Pettinger girl” (625). The meaning is elusive, but it suggests something bad happened to the Pettinger girl. Connie’s father is an insignificant figure whose existence is almost unnoticeable.
I choose Jing-mei to be my character to write on even though she did not develop much personally, but the effect that the Joy Luck Club had on her were significant and it also has to do with her attitude throughout the story. To begin with, Jing-mei (a.k.a June) did not really know her mother. It’s only after her mother died that she began to understand what her mother went through; courtesy of her dad and “aunties” at the Joy Luck Club. It’s not clear in the story if June heard her mom story about the swan, but her mom Suyuan Woo came to America with the hopes of having a daughter in America “whose value will not be judged based on her husband, and who will not have to ignore herself and "swallow sorrow. "” Her mom hoped to tell her the story in English and also give her the feather from her long lost swan.