A Good Man Is Hard To Find Ground Analysis

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September 10, 2012 Standing Your Ground in Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” In Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the grandmother is a main character in the story whose moral value is revealed later to be little to none. The grandmother keeps referring herself to being a “lady” even though throughout the story she is very self-centered, and stubborn, wanting things done her way. In the beginning, she is eager to show how she feels against the family taking vacation to Florida. Instead she wants to travel to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee. While traveling, the grandmother is best dressed from head to toe with her collars and cuffs being white organdy trimmed with lace, so in case of an accident she would be seen…show more content…
After being in an accident, the family sets along a ditch, shaken up from the wreck when The Misfit and his accomplices arrive offering assistance. The grandmother tells The Misfit that she knows he is a good man, and comes from nice people. She loses all her moral value by trying to persuade The Misfit to spare her life even after he orders Bobby Lee and Hiram to take her family’s lives. The grandmother does not stand her ground towards the escaped inmate by offering him all the money she has on her, and by saying “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?” Even when she states that Jesus may have not raised the dead. The grandmother is obviously Christian and begins to pray when she learns that The Misfit may take her life. She tells The Misfit to pray saying that Jesus will help him if he did, but then she changes her views on her own religion just by chance that The Misfit may not take her life. In the end, the grandmother is shot three times in the chest by The Misfit when she reaches out to try and touch him. Even by changing all her morals and values, telling The Misfit she knows he is a good man, it still is not enough to save her

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