Dick and Jane: Shakespeare and O’Connor


William Shakespeare

MacBeth (1611?)



 What is it she does now? Look how she rubs her hands.

 It is an accustom’d action with her, to seem thus
 washing her hands. I have known her continue in this a quarter of 
an hour.

Lady Macbeth:
 Yet here’s a spot.

 Hark, she speaks. I will set down what comes from her, to 
satisfy my remembrance the more strongly.

Lady Macbeth:
 Out, damn’d spot! out, I say! —One; two: why, then
’tis time to do’t….

Doctor:  Do you mark that?

Dick and Jane

Dick: Look, Jane. Look at mother. Mother rubs her hands.

Jane: I see mother. She rubs and rubs.

Mother: I see Spot!

Dick: I hear mother. I can write. I can write her words.

Mother: Out, Spot, out! Out, d***’d Spot, out. One, two, go.

Dick: I hear a bad word, Jane. Do you?



Flannery O’Connor

A Good Man is Hard to Find (1953)



“A good man is hard to find,” Red Sammy said.

Dick and Jane

Look, Jane, look. I see a good man!

Where, Dick, where? I do not see the good man.

I cannot find the good man.

It is hard. It is hard to find the good man.




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Photo credits: MacBeth and Flannery

33 thoughts on “Dick and Jane: Shakespeare and O’Connor

      • “As they narrated to each other their unholy adventures, their tales of terror told in words of mirth; as their uncivilized laughter forked upwards out of them, like the flames from the furnace; as to and fro, in their front, the harpooneers wildly gesticulated with their huge pronged forks and dippers; as the wind howled on, and the sea leaped, and the ship groaned and dived, and yet steadfastly shot her red hell further and further into the blackness of the sea and the night” Chapter 96, The Try-Works (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

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