In Flannery O'Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find, a family trying to go on a trip to Florida plans and lives come to a tragic end because of one person in their family: Their manipulative Grandmother. Even though she says in the beginning “I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it” (O’Conner pg), she does the complete opposite of her word and leads them all in to the way of danger; The hands of the criminal, The Misfit. If she would have just stayed home, no one would have died in the end and the trip would have went as smoothly as it has before. Yet, the tragedy of their grandmother’s choices and commitment of many of the deadly sins are what lead them to their fates, and the grandmother to her moment of divine grace. She proves that “good” people are hard to find, until in the sense of danger or a violent act wakes them up to receive and learn their purpose in life.
Also, she mentions that they might run into the Misfit who has escaped from the Federal Penitentiary, headed towards Florida. Once again the grandmother shows that she is evil, by the fact that she does not so much as to flinch while the rest of her family is being brutally murdered in the woods right by her. As earlier mentioned the grandmother is very adamant about not going to Florida where the rest of her family has chosen to take a vacation. Instead she wishes to go to East Tennessee where she can visit with her connections, as she calls them. This woman is very selfish and does not agree with the plans that her son has made for their relaxing getaway.
Bethea, the author writes about how from the beginning of the story, the grandmother starts with her selfishness by not wanting to go to Florida. Bethea writes,” In a futile attempt to convince her son, Bailey, to drive to Tennessee, the grandmother warns against traveling to Florida because The Misfit is a loose there,” (256) making a good point. This is one way that she acts selfishly because she tries to change his mind for her own benefit. She thinks that maybe mentioning that there’s a murderer there he would grant her wish by going to Tennessee. Shockingly, Bailey doesn’t let what she says change his
The story comes to a wicked end and we discover that due to the fact that Emily can’t have what she wants, Homer Baron, she kills him. Comparably, In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the Grandmother also always likes to have her way. In the story the family is planning a trip to Florida. The grandmother does not want to go to Florida but rather Tennessee. She tells her son Bailey that a Misfit has been seen on the way to Florida and tries to guilt him
A Good Man is Hard to Find I firmly believe that people reap what they sew. In the story, “ A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” the grand mother is a prime example of this scenario. Her pathetic ploys and acts of deviance cause harm to the family throughout the story and it ends up coming back to her in the end. You can tell that harms is inevitable for the family by some of the clues that are found in the grandmother’s behavior. For example, in the opening paragraph of the story, she is complaining perversely for the family to go on vacation in East Tennessee instead of Florida.
One trait that the grandmother possesses is the ability to manipulate the other characters indirectly. For example, the grandmother tries to convince the father into going to Tennessee rather Florida by telling him about a loose criminal. “‘I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did” (1). The grandmother is attempting to play on the father’s parental concern and change his mind about where the family goes on vacation.
The conflict in this story is that the grandmother is against the trip. She is set on wanting to visit Tennessee. She tries to convince her son, Bailey, to go to Tennessee to visit, for the children's sake, instead of going to Florida. The reason she gives for diverting the trip is because not only does she want to take the children somewhere they have never been but she wants to avoid a prison escapee called "The Misfit". "You all ou... ... middle of paper ... ...t a good man or person is hard to find because they do not exist.
Her manipulation and selfishness is apparent in the beginning of the story, we find that she does not want to go to Florida as the family has planned. To try to change the minds of the parents, she attempts to sway Bailey’s mind when she states that the Misfits are heading towards Florida and that, “I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn't answer to my conscience if I did.” (The Pearson Custom Library of American Literature, 2011). It’s as if she is trying to make Bailey feel that his decision is going to put the family, specifically the children in harm’s way if he were to do this. But the motive is not to keep the children or family safe.
She uses her grandkids as a source for her argument and pleads to her son that they would much rather visit Tennessee than Florida. The grandma even resorts to scare tactics and mentions and escaped killer who the newspapers speculate to be heading towards Florida as a reason for taking the trip to Tennessee. Though these instances may seem like small instances of selfishness to some readers these instances are still acts of blatant selfish behavior by a senior figure. Instead of being grateful for any vacation she could possibly partake in with her son and her grandchildren she rather complain and mope about going to Florida. These example of small acts of selfishness in the story can be interpreted as acts of everyday selfishness every human regularly experiences that can eventually accumulate up and become a negative detriment to the characters of many.
From the beginning, the reader is given the indication that the grandmother is determined to get what she wants and will do whatever she can to do so. 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). 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.