A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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Carter 1 Jaime Carter Mrs. Ellis English 1302-11 Feb. 8, 2011 Character Analysis In the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, the Grandmother character is arguably a “misfit” with her family. Through out the entire story it seems as though everything she wants to do, her family wants to do the complete opposite. She is an outspoken woman, who talks about the past as though it was better than the present. Her son is a quiet, easily frustrated man that doesn’t talk very often throughout the story. As the family sets off for their trip, all the grandmother does is complain that she would rather go to Tennessee. When she wasn’t even really invited, but rather going because she doesn’t like to miss out on anything. “Afraid she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.” (O’Connor 367). As the trip is under way she believes she is in another state, and mistakes a road for another one. She tells her family how there is a large house, with pillars on the front porch and how she’d love to visit it once more. As they head to the house, the cat she had snuck into the car, leapt from the basket and into the front seat causing the wreck. If she would have either not gone, or just left the cat at the house, nothing would have happened. “…she was hiding a basket with Pitty Sing, the cat, in it.” (O’Connor 368). The main thing I see that makes this character a misfit amongst her family is the fact that she is extremely cautious and her son is more reckless. Carter 2 She would not leave the cat at the house in fear that it might brush up against the stove and turn the gas on. “…she was afraid he might brush against one of the gas burners and accidentally asphyxiate himself.” (O’Connor 368). And if her son would have been that cautious he would have never went down a strange dirt road in search of a random house in the country. Throughout the story the

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