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Short Story Comparison
Transcript of Short Story Comparison
A Contrast By Ben Thomson, Dara Taylor and Mia Keller A Good Man is Hard to Find No Witchcraft for Sale Character Developement Setting The story is set in South Africa on a plantation. The Farquars live in a nice house, suggesting wealth. Characters are described at the beginning mostly by their appearance, leaving the reader to form an opinion before their personalities are described, unlike "No Witchcraft for Sale."
The grandmother, first seen as an "innocent" old lady, is shown as racist by her dialogue.
The mother is mostly developed from her contrast with the grandmother- she is passive and quiet.
The children are seen as the "ungrateful" new south, much like Teddy in "No Witchcraft for Sale." They seem entitled to the world.
The Misfit is developed through his wise dialogue, much like the scientist, the villian in the first story. The main conflict revolves around racism.
As Teddy slowly becomes racist and Gideon tries to prevent it, one can see that Gideon is conflicted between the new and old elements of his homeland. As he tries to protect the root, he is torn between helping the world and sharing ancient secrets. However, unlike "A Good Man is Hard to Find," old and new worlds exist alongside each other. The conflict in the story is between the new and old societies of the south.
The grandmother reprsents the old south, but unlike "No Withcraft for Sale" she wants to expose old world secrets, not hide them as Gideon is trying to do. Yet as the family is captured by the misfit, it is shown that exposing old secrets does have consequences. The story is set in the newer south with a deserted road, giving it an older connotation. Setting Character Developement Problem/ Conflict Problem/ Conflict The purpose of having Gideon placed in the plantation setting is done to portray how important he is to the family. It foreshadows how he must have a special ability about him, possibly more than just being a nice man, which is having the skills of a medicine man. The southern gothic genre compares the new and old south, which occured by comparing the newer van they travel in and the old untraveled dirt road. This shows that there will always be elements of the old south existing with the new. This contrasts with "No Witchcraft for Sale" as the "old" world is existing alongside the new. It isn't there in traces. In the first paragraph, the characters'
emotions are developed, helping us to predict their actions. For example, Mrs. Farquar's pride over having a child shows she will have continually developing pride in the story.
The characters also of change throughout the story. For example, the Farquars become more respectful of Gideon's heritage as they understand his reaction to the scientist. Dialogue The dialogue is used to show the difference
in social standing between Gideon and the
Farquar family. It shows from a historical
standpoint the difference in "basic" human
needs, such as education. "Do not be afraid, missus," said Gideon, "this will
cure Little Yellow Head's eyes."
"Nonsense," he said. "These things get exaggerated
in the telling. We are always checking up on this kind
of story, and we draw a blank every time." Dialogue The dialogue is used to express the relationship the family has with the grandmother and compare and contrast standards of "new" and "old" south. "All right, Miss," the grandmother said. "Just remember that the next time you want me to curl your hair." June Star said her hair was naturally curly.
"People are certainly not nice like they used to be," said the grandmother.