“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a story of an innocent family’s bad luck when they are met by The Mistfit, who is an escaped serial killer. The story revolves around the grandmother who is a kind hearted elderly southern woman that has the pleasure of living with her son, his wife and rude children. She is also a very classy woman who believe she should look her best everywhere she goes, simply because in an accident “anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady”. The family criticizes the grandmother for the fear of a possible attack by The Mistfit and feline asphyxiation. She acknowledges the pointless things such as mileage, the speed of the car, and cemeteries. She also tries to get the children to take in the beauty of nature and also tries to explain to the that they should respect their elders. But don’t let grandmother fool you. Grandmother condones June Star for insulting the owner of Red Sammy’s Barbecue and asks her “Aren’t you ashamed?” but grandmother experiences no personal shame when she said ,“ Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do. If I could paint, I’d paint that picture. Their “luck” could be blamed on grandmothers cat, who cause the wreck. Just when they thought they was going to get help, little did they know they probably should have listened to the annoying old lady in the back seat. They did indeed run across The Misfit, and he was also the last person the ran across. The grandmother begged The Misfit to pray, and he assured her that no amount of prayer would help him and he took the life of the whole family. The grandmother also tried to meddle in The Misfit’s past, but he wasn’t to fond of her doing this and so he gave her very short answers back.
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