Examples Of Selfishness In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” written by Flannery O'Connor tells a story of a dysfunctional family on a roadtrip to Florida to illustrate the theme of self-awareness. The main protagonist in this story is the self-centered Grandmother whose lack of self-awareness is the reason why her family, including herself, are murdered by The Misfit (the Floridian convict). Throughout the story, the Grandmother considers herself as a good woman; however, it is through dialogue that reveals her true self. In reality, she is selfish, manipulative, inconsiderate, and dishonest. No matter how much she attempts to manipulate others into thinking she is full of integrity and a good example to follow, her actions contradict everything she wants people to believe.…show more content…
Selfishness. The grandmother “didn’t want to go to Florida,” instead she wanted “to visit some of her connections in East Tennessee” and of course, she was going to take advantage of every chance she had in attempts to changing her son’s mind. (O’Connor 1) The grandmother was going to get her way and absolutely nothing was going to stop her. It never crossed her mind to consider how the rest of the family members would feel about changing their whole plan just because she did not want to go to Florida. Not only was she inconsiderate, but also manipulative. In fact, she even goes on to tell her son, “ ‘...The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people… 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.’ " (O’Connor 1) This was her first attempt at making her son feel guilty for wanting to take his wife and children to a place where a dangerous criminal would be roaming around in the same streets as them. The primary reason why she shows her son Bailey the newspaper is to change his mind about the final destination rather than genuinely caring for the family’s safety. Preston Browning says it well when he states, “The grandmother . . . displays a soul so empty that it seems to reverberate with the…show more content…
It’s not about her, she implies, it’s about taking “them somewhere else for a change so they would see different parts of the world and be broad.” (O’Connor 1) It’s amazing how her manipulative words can actually make it seem like she genuinely cares for the children when in reality, she is doing it so that she can get whatever she desires. It shows that the grandmother is so used to getting what she wants when the author states, “the next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go.”(O’Connor 2) First of all, Baily never agreed to changing the destination of their trip, so why was she so eager to leave already? It is obvious the grandmother had thought about new ways to manipulate the rest of the family members overnight. That is why she was so eager to be the first one in the car to make it seem as if she was actually excited about the trip when she was actually excited about using her sinful
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