Literary Analysis: Response to “a Good Man Is Hard to Find”

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The setting in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” is in Atlanta, Georgia and the other half in a car heading to Florida. In the story, we are able to hear the thoughts of the grandmother. In the car she is telling her son Bailey, the plantation they are looking for “It’s not much farther,” and as she realizes the plantation was in Tennessee, “The thought was so embarrassing that she turned red in the face and her eyes dilated and her feet jumped up.” This lets us know what the grandmother was thinking telling us the narration is third-person limited omniscient. The tone used here at the beginning of the story is quite humorous.

The exposition is that “The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee.” Bailey, her son, had decided that the whole family was set on going to Florida, so that would be their destination. The grandmother, very set in her ways, was going to try anything to get her way. After realizing Bailey wasn’t going to change his mind, the next morning, she was first out to the car and ready to go. This was situational irony, she was the last who wanted to go on the trip, but the first to the car and ready to go. This then makes us wonder what her intentions are and what events will lead up next.

The crisis, in which the cat sprang onto Bailey’s shoulders, resulting in him to lose control, and wreck the car, sets the whole family up for failure. The grandmother is to blame for bringing the cat and having them head out to a plantation, that didn’t exist there. The conflict starts as soon as the Misfit and the men with him approach the family. We are unaware at first that one of the men is the Misfit, so we think the three men are going to help them. Shortly, after realizing they have guns, we further reevaluate what their purpose is, and how come they may have stopped. The next crisis occurs, after the grandmother recognizes that one of the men is the Misfit. She then exclaims it at once,...
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