A Good man is hard to find

    In order to emphasize the conflict of the story, the limited third-person point of view and the first-person point of view have been used in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” respectively. To be specific, by using the limited third-person point of view, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” has been conveyed objectively, with no personal thoughts or emotions to highlight the moral conflict between the good and bad. Whereas in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the conflict between the storyteller and herself need to be showed subjectively using the first-person point of view as her thoughts and emotions play an important role in building up the conflict. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the selfish Grandma who thinks of herself as a lady could only be seen by readers when her appearance is meticulously described, starting with a pair of white cotton gloves, topped up by a navy blue straw sailor hat and tabby dress trimmed with white lace, and added with a cloth violets containing a sachet. By so, “in case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once she was a lady.” (p.2), showing the fact that she only cares about herself looking like a lady only while being selfish and lie to her own family just to gets what she desires. It is only through the third-person point of view that shows the grandmother’s arrogance, conflicting the good grandmother with her bad moral code; ultimately, providing a broad and general view of each character and their misjudged self as well as their true self. On the other hand, through the first-person point of view, the storyteller’s unstable mental state is clearly expressed when she expresses “As soon as it was moonlight and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her” (p.655), trying to help save the woman in the wallpaper, who is a symbol for woman who refuse to follow social norms, because that imaginative figure made up by her over imagination is actually the reflection of the storyteller who is trapped mentally and desperately in need of freedom. The internal dialogue provided through the first-person point of view indicates the storyteller’s true feelings, which is conflicting with social norms; therefore, readers could understand the reasoning, pressure, and stress she is fighting against, bringing the conflict to a climax when the storyteller loses her sanity. In brief, the usage of the first and limited third-person point of view in respectively “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “A good man is hard to find” have helped to emphasize the conflict of each story.