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January 30, 2007

I know her!!

O'Connor, ''A Good Man is Hard to Find'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The horrible thought she had before the accident was that the house she had remembered so vividly was not in Georgia but in Tennessee."

As I was reading this story, Foster's idea of, "Where have I seen her before?" popped into my head. The grandmother, with her manipulative and sometimes just plain goofy ways seemed so familiar to me. It is so ironic that she keeps repeating that, "Good men are hard to find," yet she tells anyone she wants to please how "good" they are. Then I realized. I HAVE seen this character before. Many times. For one, I'm convinced that Flannery O'Connor based the character on MY grandma. But then I thought of Golden Girls. Isn't she just like Sophia? It might just be me, and you can disagree if you want, but I know I've seen her before.

Posted by CheraPupi at January 30, 2007 1:45 PM


In the very beginning, I thought she was going to be one of those hypocritical grandmothers who want to control everything that happens, but by the end she was the only character I liked. I mean, really, the dad was a coward and a jerk, the mother was withdrawn, and the kids were just brats. Who can't say (secretly, with a bit of guilt) that they weren't glad they wouldn't have to listen to those two beasts argue again?

Posted by: HallieGeary at February 1, 2007 6:11 PM

I think it's so ironic that the grandmother says she "wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it," but it is her decision to take a detour that brings them to the Misfit. It shows how hypocritical she is, and why she needs to face the truth of her actions by being confronted with death at the end.

Posted by: MatthewHenderson at January 31, 2007 6:48 PM

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