A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor opens with a scene of a grandmother in the kitchen with her son, Bailey, and his family, which consists of a wife who wears slacks and a kerchief around her hair while she feeds a young baby as well as two children; a young boy named John Wesley and June Star is the little girl. The family is preparing to go to Florida on vacation but the grandmother is insistent that they should go to east Tennessee instead because she wanted to visit some of her connections. She is ignored by the family and no one seems to care about her opinion. It is clear that she is trying to weasel her way into getting her wish but none of them are falling for it.
The grandmother mentions that there is a fugitive on the loose called the Misfit and that they might run into him if they go to Florida but again, this line of reasoning has no effect on them. They tell her if she does not want to go to Florida she does not have to but they all knew that she would not miss a trip for anything in the world.
The next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car and ready to go. She had her big black valise that looked like the head of a hippopotamus in one corner and underneath it she was hiding a basket with Pitty Sing, the cat, in it. 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 Mountain and the red and purple rocks. The grandmother tells them about Tennessee, but according to...