A Good Man Is Hard to Find Essay

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Nancy Smith Jacquelyne Kibler Eng 091 June 20th, 2013 A Good Man Is Hard to Find “‘She would of been a good woman,’ The Misfit said, ‘if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.’ ” (O'Connor 29) The Good Man is Hard to Find is a tragic story of a family who decided to go on a vacation, but got killed randomly on the road by a serial killer on the loose named “The Misfit”. The main character of the story is a grandmother. At first she seems to be the typical grandmother who still thinks that her son is a little boy and he has to do what she wants, although he is a grown up man. She wants to be right all the time and she acts as if she knows everything. Flannery O’Conner portrayed the unnamed grandmother in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” as a very selfish, senile, and dishonest old woman. The grandmother seems to be selfish and tries to satisfy her needs by manipulating others. In the beginning of the story, she tried her hardest to change the family’s mind about traveling to Florida for a vacation because she wants to go to Tennessee to meet some of her relatives. She was always trying to change her son’s mind to get things her way. The grandmother didn’t tell her son her reason for wanting to travel to Tennessee; instead she told him that there is a killer on the loose in Florida. When she didn’t get a response from him, she tried to manipulate his wife by saying that the children have already been to Florida before (O'Connor 9). Also, she secretly brought her cat and hid it in a basket, knowing that her son doesn't want her to bring it. Later on, she decided she wants to go and see the old plantation knowing that her son doesn’t want this. Her solution was to let the kids force him to do it, by lying and telling them "There was a secret panel in this house," she said craftily, not telling the truth but wishing that she were,

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