Tuesday, October 25, 2011
O'conner (after class)
From our class disscussion I learned a few thing about what was going on in 1955 when this was published. Traditional roles of the family were dominant. The mom cooks and cleans, the dad works and the son is a momma's boy. It's the idea of a perfect family. O'conner displays the kids as brats that makes you root for the gun shots which goes against the "perfect family". No one stood up to the grandma and told her to shut up like they should have. The idea of isolation plays a big role in this story. Towards the end of the story when the grandma has her moment of clearity the misfit shot her because she reached out to him and touched his shoulder. That's kinda the reaction we have in today's society.