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The Death of Tommy Grimes is a more successful and compelling piece of literature than A Good Man is Hard to Find Both stories focus on traditionalism human nature in times of death and obligation However The Death of Tommy Grimes is far more successful due to its efficient use of characterization atmosphere and the grotesque The Death of Tommy Grimes is clearly the superior piece of art Both A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Death of Tommy Grimes focus intently on traditions effects on society through the use of characterization but The Death of Tommy Grimes is far more successful in delivering its message A Good Man is Hard to Find uses the younger generations as well as the older generations of the family from grandparents to children to portray a decline in moral stability and Christian beliefs an example of how tradition meant to maintain these beliefs and morals can be easily corrupted The Death of Tommy Grimes communicates this same message through the strictly traditionalist character of the father whose racism is shown to be extremely destructive to our society Because of his unquestioning belief in racist traditions he has influenced his own son to adhere to the racist tendencies prevalent in the South during their time A Good Man is Hard to Find is extremely subtle in its anti-traditionalist message its most effective example being a subtle allusion to a lurking evil in the highly traditional character of the grandmother showing the fact that personal flaws are often disguised by a strong belief in the values of tradition Her misuse of her Christian tradition is brought to attention through the words of the Misfit She would have been a good woman the Misfit said if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her lifeOConnor 11 The Death of Tommy Grimes is much more straightforward in its anti-traditionalist message emphasizing its stance through the
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