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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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
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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 excitement and it was because of her grandson. Although, she encounters obstacle during her journey she did not let anything or anyone stand in her way. She would talk to animals and tell them to move out of her way, but she knew that they did not pay her any attention. She has been taking the journey for years to town for medicine for her grandson, whom is

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