Characters in a Good Man Is Hard to Find

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A Good man is Hard to Find" focuses on Christianity being filled with sin and punishment, good and evil, belief and unbelief.

Title:A Good Man is Hard to Find

Author: Flannery O' Connor



The grandmother; is not godly, prayerful, or trustworthy but she is a troublesome character. She raised her children without spirutuality, because she is not a believer, she is Godless.

The Misfit; is the epitome of the Godless man in a Godless society. He is a killer who is also raised without spirituality as the old woman's children. He is the representative of evil.

Bailey; is the son of the grandmother. He and his wife ignores her, does not care much of her. The children; children are representative of the breakdown of respect, and discipline, and are consequently a forecast of future generations.

The Plot

Point of attack: The story begins with the typical nuclear family setting out on a journey. Immediately the grandmother, who does not wish to travel to Florida, issues her first challenge to their plans. The entire family ignores her except for the little girl, June Star, who easily reads the grandmother like an open book. She warns Bailey, her son, about the Misfit and his crimes and in doing so, she foreshadows coming events.

Rising action: Overlooking the grandmother's warning, the family decides to pursue their trip as planned. When the day arrives for the family to depart on their road trip, instead of arguing, the grandmother climbs in the car before anyone else, just as June Star predicts. "She wouldn't stay at home for a million bucks," June Star said. "Afraid she'd miss something. She has to go everywhere we go." She dresses in a manner so that if anyone finds her dead on the highway, they shall characterize her as a lady. She wore a navy blue sailor hat with white violets on the brim, to match her navy blue dress covered with tiny white polka-dots. Her white organdy, lacy collars and cuffs...
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