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In Flannery OConners short story Greenleaf Mrs May is portrayed as a cold brittle women who is closed to the goodness of living and natural life Yet this conclusion is not usually realized upon first reading First the reader feels sympathy for her character but with further analysis one can see that Mrs May is not a kind woman Mrs May is superficial and tries to hold on to her beauty Also one can see that she posses a withered soul unable to be saved Upon first reading one could believe that Mrs May is a widow trying to desperately to manage a rather run down farm so she can provide for her family She is plagued by irresponsible help and sons that show much contempt for her The reader feels sorry for Mrs May because it seems that she is carrying a tremendous burden It is not until an extensive analysis does one find that Mrs May is truly a brittle superficial woman trying to hold on to her beauty In the third paragraph Mrs Mays attempt to hold on to beauty is expressed For a second she waitedGreen rubber curlers sprouted neatly from her forehead and her face beneath them was smooth as concrete with an egg-white paste that drew the wrinkles out while slept Mrs May is trying to look like something that is impossible to create She will never be young again but she still insists on wasting her life to attempt the goal Even her name May symbolizes youth and springtime May a month filled with joy and fertility is sadly the antithesis of Mrs May Again Mrs May does not deserve the sympathy she obtained in the first reading She is a nasty cruel judgmental woman and it takes a bulls goring to wake her up to this fact and save her Mrs May passes extreme judgment on Mrs Greenleafs praying when she says Oh Jesus stab
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