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A Good Man is Hard to Find Questions 1-2

1. How does the grandmother appear to see herself? How do you see her? In what ways does the writer’s “voice” influence your impression of the character?

The grandmother in A Good Man is Hard to Find considers herself superior to many others by the benefit of her being a woman or a “lady”. She also frequently passes judgment on others, claiming that her sense of right and wrong is a guiding force in her life, an example of this would be when she tells her son that her “conscience” wouldn’t let her take her own children in the same direction as the escaped criminal. Criticizing his son’s wife for not allowing her children to travel to a place that would enable them to “be broad” and she compares the mother’s face to a cabbage. She also lectures her grandson for not having respect towards his home state, Georgia. During all of this, she also takes any shot she can to point out the lack of “goodness” in people in the world today, while she proudly wears her carefully selected dress and hat and having the belief that being a “lady” is the most important quality above all else in her life. The way I see the character “grandmother” is that she is a manipulative person who needs to have things done her way or to have everything revolve around her. We first see this side of her right when the story starts off, she openly says she doesn’t want to go to Florida because she wants to go to Tennessee. Not caring about what the rest of the family wants she begins waving around a news article about some escaped convict that is in the Florida area and attempts to guilt trip her own son into cancelling the trip. Her futile endeavors end in failure.

2. What might the Misfit figure symbolize in relation to the grandmother and her family? What the Misfit seems to represent in this story is balance between right and wrong or what the balance should be if there even is one. He does admit that he has participated in acts that are...
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