“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” starts off with a family about to take a vacation to Florida. The grandmother doesn’t really want to go, “she wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every change to change Bailey’s mind” (369). She also doesn’t want to go because of a criminal she heard about running around who went by The Misfit. On their way they had to pass through Georgia, and decided to stop at a restaurant named The Tower. This restaurant was run by a man named Red Sammy Butts. They were talking to him for a while and they begin to talk about how untrustworthy people were. Red Sammy’s wife exclaimed “it isn’t a soul in this green world of God’s that you can trust” (372). Finally after they finished eating they drove off. Later the grandmother was driving and suddenly ran off the road, flipping the car completely. Luckily though, nobody was hurt. They waited for somebody to pass by to help and eventually a car passed by; they flagged them down and the car stopped. Three men got out, and one looked particularly familiar to the grandmother. “You’re The Misfit” cried the grandmother, and he just smiled and said “Yes’m, but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t of reckernized me” (375). Because the grandmother recognized him, The Misfit decided to take the family off to the woods little by little and kill them, saving the grandmother for last.
The grandmother is a self-centered person. If it wasn’t for her driving then they would not have gotten in a wreck. After they got in the wreck she did not even make sure everyone else was okay, or apologize. “The grandmother was curled up under the dashboard, hoping she was injured so that Bailey’s wrath would not come down on her all at once” (374). All she wanted was for nobody to be mad at her about almost killing them. She was lucky that she did not kill anybody at this point.
The grandmother is a very static character. She did not stop to consider the...
Cited: O’Connor Flannery. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 11th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2010. 369-379. Print.
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