Have you ever noticed how circumstances can change a person's perspective on life? It is interesting how we tend to play a different role based on the situations we find ourselves in. Human beings are dynamic, ever changing, and we tend to show who we really are when we are under pressure. The protagonist in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find is a dynamic character who changes from a selfish, anxious old maid to a graceful, accepting, motherly woman when a crisis occurs.
This grandmother is an obstinate and selfish old woman who makes it very clear what she wants and does not want. In this situation, she does not want to go to Florida. Florida does not interest her; she would rather go to Tennessee to see some old friends. "The children have been to Florida," she whined, "You all ought to take them somewhere else for a change so they would see different parts of the world and be broad." In an effort to get her own way, the grandmother uses manipulation; she uses the pretext that the children should see other places besides Florida. Taking every opportunity to change Bailey's mind the grandmother comments "I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it". The grandmothers attempt to use guilt as a means to persuade Bailey to change his mind does not work so she gives up and joins the family on their trip to Florida. After trying to convince her family not to go to Florida, the grandmother seems to be the most anxious to leave. On the morning they are to leave she is the first person in the car because she is afraid to be left at home. June Star says of her grandmother: "She wouldn't stay home for a million bucks. Afraid she'd miss something. She has to go everywhere we go." Being left out or alone is the grandmother's fear. To make sure that her family notices her, the grandmother talks incessantly during the trip. She is afraid that if she is silent or not completely involved her family would forget her and she...
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