Good And Evil In Eudora Welty's A Worn Path And Flannery O'conner's A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Abstract
This essay will contrast a good and evil concept between two different stories. There is an obvious distinction that stands out between the stories; however they are similar in one way. In A Worn Path (Eudora Welty) and A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Conner) the one thing that sticks out, is the main character in both stories. The main character in both stories being the grandmother. Grandmothers are of course an important part of the family. In each story we have a grandmother of a different race, appearance, and attitude. In each story the grandmothers take different journeys, but there is one thing they both face being treated disrespected. We live in a world in which the grandmother resides with the family and helps to take care of the grandchildren. In the world today things are different and times are still hard if not harder. We live in a time when respect is no longer earned. Now days it seems as if respect is not as important as it was in earlier years and it is evident in these two stories.

Introduction
Two different stories, two different individuals, two different lives, but one thing is obvious in both stories, each situation is the same. Whether it is the hardships that one faced or the wealth that the other enjoyed, each grandmother was a victim. A victim to something many people are afraid to talk about. In both stories each grandmother goes through a form of disrespect, because of their race. Racism was an issue then to some it is still an issue now. To me these two different ladies are not different at all they are actually the same. They are both individuals that were placed in certain situations for certain reasons. Not everything in life will be filled with enjoyment, it is evident but each of these ladies enjoyed their lives no matter the situations they were in. This essay will contrast the good life they both were able to live and the evil that they just so happen to both face.
A Worn Path and A Good Man is Hard to Find
Thus, the image of mistletoe in “A Worn Path” allusively complements Welty’s characterization of Phoenix Jackson, for in her self-sacrificing devotion to her grandson, she embodies the love and affection signified by this plant, and her persistence in overcoming numerous difficulties on her journey epitomizes the mistletoe’s message. (Lehner, 1960). Phoenix Jackson, the grandmother in the story, “A Worn Path” is said to be an old black woman that has custody of her sick grandson whom she takes care of. She is said to be a frail lady who moves slowly in her steps with assistance of a can. Mrs. Jackson’s appearance is very unattractive. A poor old woman with no money to buy the things needed to keep up her appearance. Phoenix would dress up with a rag on her head and dress draped with an apron which would be down to her shoes. The people of town just did not want to have anything to do with her. Jackson’s attitude towards life was filled with...

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