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A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find The story "A Good Man is Hard To Find" begins with a family planning to take a vacation to Florida. The grandmother who does not want to take the vacation in Florida is persuading the family. She has read about a crazed killer by the name of the Misfit, who is on the run, heading for Florida. The mambas of her family ignore the grandmother. On the day of the trip, ironically, the grandmother is dressed in her Sunday best. She is decked in white gloves and navy blue dress with matching hat. ...read more.


The family's encounter with Red Sammy Butts serves as another way O'Connor expresses how trust and respect have begun to wear away. The grandmother makes the mistake of telling the children the story of a nearby house that has a secret panel. The children scream until the father, Bailey, gives in and takes them to see the house. On the way down the long windy road that leads to the house, the cat gets out of his cage and jumps on Bailey's shoulder, resulting in the car being overturned. As everyone is getting themselves together, a car with three men approaches. ...read more.


O'Connor gives the reader the impression that he is a prophet gone wrong. After the Misfit has the cronies take the mother, daughter, and baby to the woods, the grandmother is left alone with the Misfit, who continues to talk about how Jesus was punished. However, the Misfit has escaped punishment. The grandmother responds in the only way she knows how to by clinging to her superficial beliefs about "good blood" and behaving as a gentleman would. She has limited understanding of religion and cannot even begin to connect with the Misfit. The grandmother notices the Misfit as he is about to cry. She reaches out her hand and says, "Why you're one of my babies" The Misfit, who is affected by what she says, jumps back and shoots her three times. ...read more.

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