A Good Man Is Hard to Find" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

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"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" While reading, "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" the readers find themselves lost in worlds of suspense, horror and comic relief through tone and symbolism. Although, the stories contain very different plots, they both have a sense of "good vs. evil." In "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", Grandmother is a deep religious character that gives the story a depth of interest. The reader gets the religious aspect of Grandmother through her actions such as her continually use of the word "Jesus", the conversation with the Misfit, and in the name of her grandson, John Wesley. Although, Grandmother is devoted to her faith, she fears…show more content…
The reader can feel the excitement that the children have about the house and the excitement that Connie has when she is with Eddie. When Grandmother is talking to the Misfit about his family and when Arnold talking to Connie about her family, how both, the Misfit and Connie, how they have but a wedge between themselves and their families. The light heartedness of the stories comes from several places. In "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", Grandmother's actions help the reader to see the comic side of her. She is insistent that she does not want to go to Florida, but she refuses to leave the cat. Therefore, she sneaks the cat into the car, like a child sneaking a cookie into his pocket. Ellie is the comic relief in "Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going." Ellie is in control of the music and Arnold wants Connie to believe that Ellie is the "bad guy." The good verse evil is the most compelling of these stories, Grandmother and her religion verses death and innocents verse the harmful world. Grandmother's religion did not stop death from coming nor did it help comfort her in while talking to the Misfit. Although Grandmother tried to get the Misfit to convert and change his ways, the Misfit knew that the minute Grandmother recognized him, he was going to have to kill them even though they were "good" people. Connie thought that while in her house, she could not be hurt. She was comforted by a false sense of security of the house. Arnold was like the wolf in sheep's
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