Glory Days Essay

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The Glory Days Two stories can have different meanings, but can show a common central theme. Flannery O’ Connor’s, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything that Rises Must Converge”, are two good examples on completely different stories that have a common central themes. Both stories show two female characters glorifying their past. In “A God Man is Hard to find”, the grandmother talks a lot about how in her days everyone was much more respectful. “Everything that Rises Must Converge”, Bailey’s mother tells her son how back then, her life was much better when her family was wealthy. The author brings a lot of different elements to put her stories together. Three common elements that are found in both works that help show the central theme is irony, symbolism, and characterization. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the grandmother kept mentioning how back in her days everyone was more respectful. She felt as if her time was much better than how it was in the present. Now, many people label the grandmother’s generation as cruel and inhumane, mainly because of racism. The grandmother would mainly complain about her two grandchildren. The grandmother points this out when she says “In my time . . . children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else” (Pg. 404). In this part the author shows dramatic irony by showing the grandmother as being disrespectful herself. She thinks that “people did right then” and right after she says, “Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!”(Pg. 404). It clearly shows how the grandmother really was towards other people. The irony in this part was that her time was not as good she really made it seemed. One main symbolism that was obvious was the title. The reader is able to see the grandmother’s true character by the time the family arrives to Red Sammy’s barbecue. Inside the restaurant the
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