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Good Man Is Hard to Find

  • Date Submitted: 03/06/2012 03:20 PM
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The story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”   by Flannery O’Conner   tells us about a grandmother who puts her family through   difficult times on their way to Florida. The grandmother tries really hard to convince her son to change his mind, because she did not want to go to Florida. Despite all of her attempts, she fails and they still end up traveling to Florida. This is the first time the grandmother realizes her son is just as stubborn as she is. The grandmother portrays many acts of selfishness, greed and is very vibrant; these actions get the family into many problems.    

Despite losing the argument on not going to Florida, the Grandmother still keeps to her selfish ways and dresses her best to make an impression.   The morning before the trip the family ate at the table before leaving, her son Bailey was reading the paper, when the grandmother, his mom interrupts him by rattling the newspaper at his bald head yelling “Here this fellow that calls himself the Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read what he did to these people.”   She was still trying to convince her son Bailey that they shouldn’t go to Florida; she then tells him that she would never take her children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose. “I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did” implying that her son would be conscienceless if he still took his children to Florida.   The morning of the trip the Grandmother was first in the car ready to go, dressed in her Sunday best the grandmother even had on white gloves. When the son asked why she was so dressed up the grandmother stated “In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” She wanted the world to see her as a good Christian lady.

Throughout the whole trip the grandmother talked and talked with everyone, except this time it got her in trouble.   The grandmother told the children all kinds of stories so that they would force their dad to...


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