Analysis over a Good Man Is Hard to Find

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Essay #6Jade Dubowy

“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is about a family going on a road trip. There is a disagreement about where they want to travel. Most of the family wants to go to Florida, but the grandmother doesn’t want to. She tells the family that a murderer called the misfit is heading towards that way. No one believes her so they leave Georgia and start heading to Florida. While on the trip the grandmother gets the children excited about a old plantation that she used to go to. They turn on an old dirt road where the plantation is supposed to be. The grandmother realizes that the plantation was in Tennessee, not in Georgia. Upset from her mistake she kicks her feet, causing her cat to startle her son who was driving. Since the driver was startled a bad accident occurred. They wait for someone to come along and help them out, except that help turns out to be the Misfit. The Misfit gets his two men to kill the family in the woods. While this is happening the grandmother is completely oblivious and keeps on trying to convince the Misfit that he is a good man. After their discussion he shoots her three times in the chest. O’Connor is trying to explain to the reader that going back and forth on your word and sitting on your pedestal will only result with failure in life.

The two main characters in the story are the grandmother and the Misfit. The grandmother is a sweet elderly woman. She calls herself a “lady” and proclaims that she seldom judgmental towards people. Her mindset is that everyone has some good in them. If there is considered any lack of goodness in someone she judges. However, she does believe that the Misfit is a good man. She never acknowledges her mistakes or dishonesty though. Whenever she sneaks her cat in the basket without the family knowing, or how she doesn’t explain that the plantation was in Tennessee and not Georgia. Not only is she hypocritical she is also selfish. Not once when her children were...
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