In conclusion, the grandmother, who is extremely selfish, does not show any kind of remorse for the loss of her family. She might have known what was going to happen, considering the fact that she did not want to go to Florida in fear of possibly meeting with the escaped criminal. Since she was so hard headed she brought her family into the wrath of this murder. The story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find", makes clear the corrupt character of the grandmother. It also proves the fact that she was unconcerned with the loss of her family, making her more the true villain than ever.
But lust does not explain John’s refusal to become involved in the trials before his wife was accused when he knew that Abigail was lying. It makes more sense that his flaw would be selfishness. It gives a better explanation for his demise and his lechery. It was not the act of adultery, but his reluctance to admit to it and accuse Abigail of being a fraud that lead to him hanging from the gallows. Proctor knows that the only reason Abigail accuses his wife of witchcraft is because she wants her out of the picture.
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. Robert DiYanni. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2007.
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.
Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet show the influence from Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." 2. Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet show that "A Good Man is Hard to Find," is to be found in Yeats's poems. 3. William J. Scheick compares similarities between "A Good Man is Hard to Find," and G.K. Chesterton's "Manalive."
The grandmother is attempting to play on the father’s parental concern and change his mind about where the family goes on vacation. She does not actually care about The Misfit being loose, the grandmother just wants to satisfy her demands. If the family had been going to Tennessee and The Misfit was loose in Tennessee, the grandmother most likely would have not said anything because she would be getting exactly what she wanted. Later on, the grandmother tricks the family into visiting an old house by telling the children about a hidden panel in the walls of the house. “‘There was a secret panel in this house,’ she said craftily, not
177-78. O'Connor, Flannery. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." 1955. Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay.
From the beginning of the story, the Grandmother tries to make things go her way. The family wants to take a road trip to Florida, but the Grandmother wants to go to Tennessee to see some relatives. To make it seem like it is for the safety of the family she brings up the news about the Misfit escaping and going towards Florida. She says she “wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it” (404). The Grandmother really does not expect to meet the Misfit on their trip, but uses the news as a sincere reason.
Macbeth has doubts about the predictions of the witches. He knows that it could be a trick and his misgivings make him seem to be a better person. Another thing that makes Macbeth likeable to the reader is the contrast with his wife. It is clear from her beginning that she is evil. She has reservations about Macbeth not being evil enough.