Outline: The Trouble with Men
Thesis: The female protagonists of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "A Rose for Emily," "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," and "A Jury of Her Peers" are forced to confront their fears.
I.There are different situations that cause each protagonist's fear.
A.In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the grandmother learns that there is a mass murderer on the loose.
1.The grandmother creates an illusion in her mind that she could encounter the murderer.
a.The grandmother says, "I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it" (O'Conner 568)
b.She asks the children, "...what would you do if this fellow, The Misfit, caught you? (O'Conner 568)
2.The grandmother is aware of her fear, but she does not heed her intuition.
a. She is so exited about the trip that, "The next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go" (O'Conner 568).
b.As she continues to ignore her intuition, the grandmother plays games with the children, tells them stories, and describes the scenery as they drive to Florida.
B.In "A Rose for Emily," Miss Emily is fearful to let go of the men in her life.
1.Both the grandmother and Miss Emily suppress their fears until the situation arises and they are forced to deal with it.
2.Miss Emily is afraid of being alone, but she does not attempt to make friends to keep her company.
3.The grandmother has a fear of death while Miss Emily has a fear of being lonely.
4.The grandmother fears her own death, but Miss Emily fears the death of people around her.
C.In "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall," the granny...