Similarities B/W Grandmother and Emily

The similarities between the two characters, the grandmother in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor and Emily in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” are stubbornness, selfishness, and both are model aging southern women.   The grandmother and Emily both share a character trait of stubbornness. The grandmother is stubborn when the family wants to take a vacation to Florida and she tries to discourage them that a killer named “The Misfit,” is headed that way and they should visit her hometown of Tennessee instead. Emily is also stubborn because she refuses to pay her town taxes due to her deceased father being excused because he helped the town financially in their time of need. Likewise the characters in contrast are selfish.   Emily poisons her lover and lays his corpse on a bed in an upstairs sealed room since she feared he would leave her like her previous sweetheart. In “A Good Man Is Hard to find,” the grandmother portrays a peculiarity of selfishness when she manipulates her family into taking a detour to see the made up secret panel in her childhood home. When the grandmother recalls that the residence is not in Georgia and is actually in Tennessee, they end up crashing into a ditch and being murdered by the killer “The Misfit.” The final similarity between the grandmother and Emily is that they both are model aging southern women. The grandmother is obsessed with vanity and manners and had to dress her best for the trip “in case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once she was a lady.” Emily is a prototype of an aging southern woman inasmuch she lives out her full life in her family’s estate, alone, except for her servant, and when she finally finds her lover, she poisons him in hopes of keeping him forever and never being alone.