Martin's, 2011. 662-676. Print. O’Connor, Flannery. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” The Story and Its Writer.
And, from the second line of the story, O’Connor suggests that anything the grandmother says might have an alternative motive. “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” (1284). This is relevant to the theme in that a person may have alternate motives, even if they seem to be doing things selflessly from an outsider’s perspective. When the grandmother mentions that she doesn’t want to go to Florida, her son Bailey assumes it’s because of the Misfit killer who has escaped from prison.
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Criticism.” Short Stories for Students. Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Vol. 2.
John Wesley said “She wouldn’t stay at home for million bucks. Then June Star states “Afraid she’d miss something”. “She has to go everywhere we go” (Norton p.423)Even the children understood that the grandmother is being manipulative and uses it against her. Now let’s take a look at the first few sentences of this story to see that this story. I will then explain how this was not a simple story of chance.
The grandmother is very persistent about getting her way. She appears to be very insensitive of the feelings of the other family members. She consistently tries to persuade the family to go to Tennessee rather than to Florida. Also, she rebelliously took the cat with her on the trip when she knew the others would object. As a result of her selfishness the family had to make a detour to stop and see the house that she insisted upon visiting.