The story is about a “good” woman (the grandmother), who goes on a vacation with her son and his family and in the end suffers horribly due to her poor beliefs and judgment, but at the same time learns real importance of “good” in a “bad” situation. The grandmother lives with her only son, Bailey, his wife, and their children. In the beginning of the story the grandmother is preparing to take a trip with her son’s family to Florida; a place where she doesn’t even want to go. She wants the whole family to go to Tennessee to visit relatives. This is the first example of the conceited ways that lead her to her demise.
Throughout the story the grandmother seems to be selfish, even when it came to her family’s needs. This is probably why her family did not respect her. Analyzing the author, characters, and the time period lets us draw a conclusion that the Misfit is a better person than the grandmother. The author’s short story tries to persuade the reader in many ways that the grandmother is such a lady. When they leave to go on the trip to Florida the grandmother dresses up in “a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print.
The grandmother wanted to go and see her friends in Tennessee instead of Florida, which is where the family wanted to go. The Grandmother lied and said that the Misfit would be in Florida instead of Tennessee. She did this so Baily, her son, would change his mind about where the family would go for the trip. Throughout the story, the Grandmother is very noisy. She is very concerned with small ideas.
This thought of hers goes to show that she is not necessarily considerate of others, because while she may look like a lady while she dies, she doesn’t keep in mind that if the car were to get into an accident, the rest of the family would probably die as well. The grandmother also takes her cat on the trip, even though it is mentioned her son would not like to have a cat on the vacation. On the road, the grandmother attempts to steer her grandkids off the direction of her idea of materialism (reading comic books, and not paying attention to the beauty outside). She consistently talks about how times are so much worse than what they were during her youth, and finally convinces the kids to want to go to an old house she recalled. Unfortunately though, on the dirt road she remembers that the house is not where she originally thought it was, and causes the family to drive into a ditch.
Finding a Good Man in “A Goodman is Hard to Find” In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O' Connor uses the story of a family's run in with a criminal to try and define what a good man is. The core of the story focuses on an elderly grandmother's hypocritical moral code to the twisted one of the Misfit. Which forces the reader to ask themselves what is the definition of a good man and if those two or others in the story that really that fits that description? The cast of characters in the story is quite small with most people focusing on the two most dynamic characters in the story of the Grandmother and the Misfit with the the rest of the grandmother's family being little more then plot devices to further along the story. Yet there are arguments that the grandmother's son Bailey comes closer to the definition of a good man then any other in the story for while it is true that O' Connor herself once insisted that readers should ascribe little meaning to the character other than him being the Grandmother's son and driver.
After the grandma is unable to persuade the family not to go to Florida, they do so anyways. Still in fear of the misfit, the grandma says: “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that a loose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did” (2). Ironically, the family ends up meeting the Misfit later in the story because of the grandma’s lack of knowledge of directions to a house with a “secret panel.” The reader is able to identify from the beginning that the grandma is one to not stick by her word and also thinks of herself more highly than she really is. She portrays herself as a “lady;” however, she does not know the true definition of
“A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, I s a grotesque yet intriguing story in which Flannery O’Connor demonstrates how a modern family suffers a tragic ending during their family vacation. The Grandmother, the only dynamic character in the story, complains to her son, bailey that she does not want to go to Florida but to Tennessee instead, for the family vacation and warns them about the Misfit. Despite, the Grandmother’s advice about the Misfit, the family still ventures off to Florida where they encounter an unanticipated ending. The story unravels a variety of themes such as; the contrast between past and present, disorder in society and manipulation. O’Connor contrasts the past and the present numerously in “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”.
She does not intent for the cat to be left alone in the house for three days because she would miss her too much and she is afraid that the cat may brush against one of the gas burners and asphyxiate himself. On the other side of the story, her son Bailey did not want to arrive at a motel with a cat. It is becoming clear already that the grandmother is manipulating the whole trip the ways she wants to. The grandmother sits in the back seat between the two children while the baby is up in the front on the mother’s lap. The two children prattle on about how Georgia is a boring state, even as they pass by Stone
5. Good qualities: cares about her son and cat, polite Bad qualities: selfish, begged for her own life and not her family’s, hypocritical, racist 6. 7. When the grandmother knew she was about to die, she showed her true colors. She abandons the high moral ground she held as a façade and embraced her and the Misfit’s common humanity.
In the beginning of the story, the grandma is more irritating towards the family and always trying to get her way: “You all ought to take them somewhere else for a change so they would see different parts of the world and be broad. They never been to east Tennessee” (299). John Wesley says, “If you don’t want to go to Florida, why dontcha stay at home?” (300). June Star agrees and adds, “She wouldn’t stay home for a million bucks, afraid she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go” (300).