COMPARISON OF GRANDMOTHER AND THE MISFIT
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Billingsley, R. T. (2011). A good man is hard to find. New York: Gallery Books. Shmoop Editorial Team. (November 11, 2008).A Good Man is Hard to Find Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory. Retrieved March 16, 2012, from http://www.shmoop.com/good-man-hard-to-find/symbolism-imagery.html
COMPARISON OF THE GRANDMOTHER AND THE MISFIT 2 The grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a manipulator. The first thing I learned about her is that she does not want to go to Florida because she has relatives in Tennessee to see. The second thing I learn about her is she seizing every chance to try and change Bailey’s mind. Whenever things do not go the grandmothers’ way, she tries to have it her way. Though, she never does this confrontationally or directly. Her style is always a bit more subtle. How does she try to get Bailey not to go to Florida? Not by saying, “Well I want to go to Tennessee,” but by trying to scare him with reports of a criminal on the loose and guilt trip him about taking the children there: “Just you read it. I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that on the loose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.” (1) When that does not work, her next recourses is to say that the children have already been to Florida. It is not about her, she implies, it is about the children. I really do not believe her. The grandmother is doing more of this in the rest of the story. We learn that Bailey does not want her to bring the cat. Instead of causing a ruckus, the grandmother just hides the cat in a basket and secretly brings it along. The grandmother decides she wants to see the...