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yanet | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2010 at 5:46 AM via web

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I need help comparing the grandmother from "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and Julian's mother from "Everything That Rises Must Converge" 

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psmortimer | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM (Answer #1)

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Both women are very much a product of their respective generations. The grandmother in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is an elderly, cantankerous woman who is stunned at the way her children and grandchildren behave. The children are disrespectful and do not appreciate anything the grandmother has to offer. On many occasions the woman is treated as noisy furniture. The grandmother is not the picture of innocence, however. She attempts to push her beliefs and ideas on others regardless of their interest. The grandmother also has an obsessive bent, particularly when it comes to other people that are different. The grandmother’s worst nightmare becomes real when she meets one of those people in the form of “The Misfit.” Even in the face of danger the grandmother does not waver.

Julian's mother in "Everything That Rises Must Converge" is similar in the following ways. The mother is a proper woman who feels she must always be dressed to perfection. However, the times of her youth make her feel guilty about spending any money on anything that is not a dire necessity. Like the grandmother and her son, Julian’s mother argues with young Julian and constantly wonders where she went wrong in his upbringing. The son does things to shock his mother and like the grandmother, the woman takes the bait.

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