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by Flannery O’Connor

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Compare and contrast the grandmother in O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and Ruby Turpin in O'Connor's "Revelation."

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The stories are similar in that both women are deluded about their self-importance and experience a moment in which that delusion is revealed in a shocking way. In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the grandmother is consumed with the importance of her memories and her own status within the family. She is mistaken about both: by the end of the story, she realizes she has misremembered the location of the plantation house she bullied her son into visiting, which leads directly to their deaths at the hands of the Misfit; she is also mistaken about her responsibility as grandmother, which is frankly contradicted by her grandchildren who see her for what she is. "She wouldn't stay home for a million bucks," her granddaughter June Star says of her. "Afraid she'd miss something." The ironic twist to the story is that this car trip is one she ought to have missed.

Mrs. Turpin in "Revelation " shares certain qualities with the grandmother. Both women have exaggerated ideas of their own social...

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