She is a lair, manipulated her family, hypocritical and judgmental. In the end, the story suggests she died with divine grace but who can know that for sure? Did the Grandmother want forgiveness for her sins? The story does not lead us in that direction. Up until the very end the Grandmother appears to be trying to save her life any way she can.
This meaning a specific class of higher ranked people cannot be continued through outward appearance but can be fixed in the blood. Since blood is a symbol of worth and respect these particular ladies will be ladies and the less fortunate will remain in their subsidiary places. This outlook is reflected when she goes on a trip with her family. She dresses in a detailed collared dress in case they got in an accident, anyone would know she was a lady. Ironically they get into an accident and this is where she sees realizes the truth O’Connor wants us to
Fame and fortune does not always take its toll on children through spoiling them, but Christina’s story shows that it can definitely take a toll on a family. It can first of all affect the parents and after the parents, affect the children through what the parents experience and how they react to it. Christina became a victim of many incidents of her mom going “crazy”, she was sent off to boarding schools, she went through her mom’s alcoholism and even her multiple unsustainable relationships which no doubt changed her life. Christina was a victim of her mother’s status in society. Her fame and fortune automatically ascended Christina’s status and so more was expected of her, the daughter of Joan Crawford.
Her dealing with these individuals has caused her to become very resentful, bitter and jealous. She was very jealous of her sister Stella-Rondo. In the text Sister stated “I was getting along fine with Mama, Papa-Daddy and Uncle Rondo until my sister Stella-Rondo just separated from her husband and came back home again” ( Welty, 367). This statement that Sister made insinuates that she does not want her sister around. And would be thankful if she went back to where she came from.
The inability to recognize the distinction from her false goodness and genuine goodness in people and things around her, leads to the demise of her and her family. O’Connor suggests the depth of meaning in her story when the grandmother ultimately exhibits a moment of clarity and a revelation of life approaching her ultimate end before it is too late. A particular event of this sort is especially true when considering the relationship of the human race with spirituality and its affiliation with grace, love, and forgiveness (Mitchell 212). The author’s depiction of the characters seems to reflect her views on the world and the spirituality of the modern man. Moreover, the author is able to bring out the theme of good and evil through various encounters involving the grandmother.
The grandmother refers to the boy as a pickaninny and a nigger, two terms that are used to racially degrade African Americans, coloreds, or blacks. As the family passes a what seems to be familiar road the grandmother lies to her grandchildren, June Star and John Wesley, about a hidden passage in her old plantation home in Georgia. She lies to the children so they can convince their father to defer from the road and visit here old plantation home on a abandoned road. While traveling on the vacant road the grandmother remembers that the plantation home is in Tennessee, but is too ashamed to tell her family. After a car accident occurs the family crosses paths with The Misfit, who eventually kills the entire family.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Does the book of Job help here? I’ve been asked before, if God is so loving and we are forgiven then why does God let the innocent and defenseless suffer so? Even my own sister when we were younger said that she didn’t believe in God, because if He did exist then he wouldn’t have let us suffer so much at the hands of the people who were supposed to love us. After my step-father died she did a complete 180 and started going to church and brought up my nephew and niece believing in God.
Responder ATF45 comments on this report of the church as a mother. ATF45 notes that understanding the church as a mother is not good for the church or its members. I believe O’Murchu would support of the sentiments expressed in the response, because of the values of Dependence-Independence-Interdependence, Relationality, and Integration. According to O’Murchu there are three stages of an individual's religious life, Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence. Dependence is a person’s dependent on the authority and society.
Ironically, her most valued asset, her beauty, is a trigger for her demise. Connie’s parents have different levels of involvement in Connie’s life. Connie’s mother is aware of Connie’s vanity and picks on her about it. ‘“Stop gawking at yourself,’” she tells Connie (Oates 623). Connie thinks unkindly of her mother and sister.
In the attempt to save her husband s life and pride, she secretly borrowed money to use for his recovery from a deadly illness. She is then faced with the consequences of her dishonest practice, even though her intentions were always honorable. Feminist ideas are clearly presented all through the play, but are most easily seen in the dependence society put on women, Nora’s changing definitions of freedom, and Ibsen’s portrayal of women as self-sacrificial and cunning, using society s view of them as a foil. Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House uses Nora, the main character to portray how woman were treated in the 19th century. Nora’s husband, Torvald constantly talks down to her, as if she were his child, instead of wife, “HEL.