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The first example analyzes The Misfit's actions from Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
The second example is an introduction and body paragraph that demonstrates an analysis of Sammy's actions from John Updike's short story "A & P."
A person's actions can say many things about a person's nature. Many of the Misfit's actions show how self-righteous he is, but they also show his childlike nature. One example of the Misfit's self-righteous attitude is when the family first meets him. As he steps out of the car after his two partners in crime, he looks down on the family (O'Connor 358). His holier than thou approach to life is also prevalent as he finally steps away from his car and delicately and purposefully places his feet as he comes down the ditch towards the family (O'Connor 358). His childlike behavior is more prevalent than his big ego. Although he contemplates his every move as he hesitates, he tended to play with his gun and draw circles on the ground like he didn't know what to do (O'Connor 359). We also see his juvenile behavior in the way he jumps back at the touch of the grandmother (O'Connor 360), and when he looks like he is going to cry and his face is contorted like he can't handle the pressure of life any more (O'Connor 362). These many examples show the Misfit's need to be in control, but as the same time he doesn't seem to know how to take the initiative needed at all times. He always finds another way around the responsibility of being in charge.
II. Introduction and Action point.
In a small town the words and thoughts of one person are from time to time harshly disregarded, and what the town's people believe to be more appropriate is often said instead. In John Updike's "A & P" the life of a teenage boy named Sammy evolves around what the surplus of the town wants of him. When someone shoots the breeze with him, they are essentially telling him what to do, and he never realizes it. His own actions show that other people have exceptionally controlled his entire life, and he did not ponder much for himself. His presentation of himself shows that a loving, but maybe leading, and to a certain extent controlling, mother, and even father, have brought him up to be dependent upon others and not rely on his own thoughts.
Controlled by everyone, Sammy's actions go hand in hand with what people assumed he should do or the way people said he should conduct himself. Informing him he does not want to embarrass his parents by quitting his job (Updike 16), Lengel's words show that Sammy has reasonably often been told to do something for the simple fact that his parents would prefer it that way. "I don't think you know what you're saying," his manager roars at him as if to give him a second chance on his decision to quit his job and depart the store for good (Updike 17). Sammy was hired on this job for the reason that his parents were good friends with Lengel. They pulled a couple of strings, so they could keep a better eye on him and have a hold over him even more by controlling where he worked. Lengel tells Sammy he does not want to do "this" to his parents when Sammy decides to quit (Updike 16).
III. Intro and Speech point
In today's society, the elderly are viewed as somewhat of nuisances to the rest of us. They are just something we pack away in retirement homes, somone to take up our Medicare, obstacles on our paths. On the other hand, have you ever stopped and thought about what goes on in the minds of the elderly or how they feel? Katherine Anne Porter's "The Jilting of Granny Weahterall" shows us the thoughts and feelings of an elderly woman names Mrs. Weatherall. She was a stubborn, lonely woman that felt she was treated as a child because of her age, which in turn added to her depression. These qualities are shown to be true through what she and other's say in the story, and by her inner thoughts given throughout the story.
Mrs. Weatherall's first and most obvious characteristic, stubbornness, is best personified by her won remarks and speech in the story. Her inflexible personality made her quite difficult to keep company with or carry on a conversation with. This is displayed all throughout the story, especially her first encounter with the young doctor Harry (Porter 64). Another way Porter shows Mrs. Weatherall's stubbornness is when Cornelia had to ask her mother's permission to change the furniture around (Porter 65). However most of her pig-headedness shown predominately when she spoke. A prime example of this is when Mrs. Weatherall is urging the doctor to leave and said "Leave a well woman alone. I'll call for you when I want you. . ." (Porter 64). Her stubbornness can be somewhat justified because of her age. The issue of age leads to Mrs. Weatherall's next character trait.