good mans hard to find

Topics: Family, Southern United States, Short story, Road, Change / Pages: 5 (1210 words) / Published: Dec 17th, 2013
A Good Man Is Hard to Find

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is a short story involving a family that sets out to Florida for a family vacation. Throughout the story the narrator gives many examples of the changing nature of the south in our more recent times. These changes are also show through the characters. The family in the story consists of a grandmother, the grandmother’s son Baily and his wife. Baily and his wife adopted two children a: An eight year old boy who was stocky with glasses named John Wesley and a little girl named June Star. The short story has a constant theme of the changing nature of the south in our more recent times. The way the new generation acts is significantly different from the way the grandmother’s generation acted. One example of this is shown by the way the children talked to their elders. Before they leave for Florida, the grandmother argues with her son Baily because she wants to take the kids to Tennessee instead of Florida. The reasoning behind this was because the misfit was loose. The misfit is a criminal who escaped prison and was last seen heading towards Florida. The grandmother did not want to take the children in the same direction as the criminal. When the grandmother tried to convince the children to take a trip to Tennessee they did not agree. In fact, John Wesley insults the grandmother by saying “Tennessee is just a hillbilly dumping ground and Georgia is a lousy state too.” June Star agrees with this statement and the grandmother began to tell the difference between her time and their time. In the Grandmothers time children were more respectful of their elders and native states. In fact they were more respectful of everything. The actions of the new generation were not the only thing that changed in the south. Traditions in the south changed over time. The grandmother tells a story from when she was a little girl. A Mr. Edgar Atkins

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