A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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Criminals Are Good Too “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” written by Flannery O’Conner is a short story with a deep and shocking hidden message. This was written in a 1950s time period and a family takes a vacation to Florida. While on the way to Florida they run into a criminal who escaped from prison called the Misfit. Readers quickly find out by the first few sentences of the story there is a lack of respect towards the grandmother or “mother” coming from Bailey. 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. Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace” (O’Conner 761). How ridiculous of someone to dress up this much just go on a drive. The grandmother said that just “in case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (761). The grandmother wanted everyone that she came across to know that she is a lady. This shows the grandmother was trying hard to cover something up or, trying to be someone she was not that is why her appearance and the way people looked at her was so important. If she was a truly good person she would not have to hide anything. Instead of going to Florida the grandmother really wants to go to Tennessee so she tries to appeal to everybody by telling them about the misfit to scare them out of wanting to go to Florida. This foreshadows the end of the story when the family actually runs into the misfit. Also
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