Comparison essay on O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and Faulkner's "Barn Burning"

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I chose to write a comparison essay on Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and William Faulkner's "Barn Burning". Both of these stories share central characters with similar personalities as well as similar themes and conflicts through the stories. The Grandmother, in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find", is an old woman with old-fashioned ideas and manners. She considers herself to be a good person, but she is also very selfish …

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…happens, although they may feel it inside. Both short stories also involve a similar theme of choices. The characters make their choices of whether or not to do what the Grandmother and Abner say, according to what they feel is the right thing to do. Even though the Grandmother from "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and Abner from "Barn Burning" are extremely different people in very many ways, they are also quite similar.