A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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Who are we as human beings to determine who is good or bad? God did not grant us that ability. In the short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” the grandmother does not understand that. She considers herself to be so superior to others. She judges others but she never seems to place judgment on herself. She has no self-awareness of the person she is. The grandmother is a very confused woman. She is not the “lady” she proclaims herself to be. At the beginning of the story she tries to manipulate her son. “The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida . She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind” (pg 264). She tells Bailey about the Misfit who was aloose from the federal pen and how he was headed toward Florida . “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did” (pg 264). But that is exactly what she did. As far as her conscience I’m not sure she has one. She compares Bailey’s wife face to a cabbage and criticizes her for not traveling to a place that allows the children to “be broad” (pg 265). The grandmother is an old fashioned lady. “In my time, children were more respectful of their native states and their parent and everything else “(pg266). The grandmother did not like the way the children acted and that is why she wanted to take them to east Tennessee . She did not want them to go to Florida and enjoy themselves. She wanted to bring them to her hell so they can become “broad”. The grandmother is selfish, she only thinks about herself. She refuses to admit to her flaws or acknowledge them. She tries to play this role of a good lady. She is all dressed up with her big hat for a road trip to hell. Her main goal is to let others see that

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