Although she usually fails in her attempts at manipulation, she does succeed once. It is with this success that the scene is set for death to show O’Connor’s meaning. The deaths of the family are used to demonstrate how the selfish manipulation of others can lead to grim consequences. The grandmother shows throughout the short story that she is concerned for herself only. From the beginning, when she tries to make the family go up to Tennessee because she wanted to, until the end when she only stands up for herself against The Misfit.
“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor explores the complexity of human nature. The unnamed grandmother is a perfect example of how contradictory a person’s beliefs and standards can be. She is indirectly manipulative, yet she holds herself to a higher, purer standard than the other characters. Not to mention, the grandmother is not as she first appear, and she is stuck on the views of the past and how they apply to her as a lady, whether the views are correct or not. One trait that the grandmother possesses is the ability to manipulate the other characters indirectly.
The other characters in the story remain quite static compared to the more dynamic grandmother and serve as reference points to the reader, which clearly demonstrate her selfish intentions. However, to grasp the reason for her manipulative nature, one must have a deep understanding of how the grandmother views the world around her. To understand the logic behind the actions of the grandmother, the consideration of what may have been her past life is very essential. O’Connor writes this story in 3rd person omniscient allowing the reader to have limited access to the thoughts of the grandmother. A sense of distrust is established immediately in the beginning of the story when the grandmother did not want to go to Florida and “she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind.”(193).
In conclusion, Mary Warren knows what is right and what is wrong. However, she is more concerned about her health and well-being than someone else’s. She becomes cocky when given power and betrays whoever she can when she is pinned against a wall. As long as it looks bad for her, she would be willing to call out anyone to save herself. Therefore, she is an antagonist of the play with very little similar traits when juxtaposed to a typical protagonist.
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
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.
Flannery O’ Connor was a woman who saw the hate and intolerance of some religious practices and sought to change it. Her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a call-to-action for society because it conveys the importance of acceptance through its characters and resolution. In addition to demonstrating the value of tolerance, the Grandmother is the first character who serves as a caveat for the public in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Throughout the story, the Grandmother attempts to present herself as the archetypical “good”, spiritual old woman. Ironically, she is a particularly repugnant human being.
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.
This is especially true of the protagonist (the grandmother) and the antagonist (the Misfit). The grandmother tries to portray herself as a virtuous woman, but in the end O’Connor shows that her actions are always self-serving and that morally, she is not that different from the Misfit. The story opens with the self-righteous grandmother trying to manipulate her son, Bailey. The family is planning a trip to Florida, but the grandmother wants to go Tennessee. She has tried to persuade him to change the trip, but he will not listen.
Anyone who knew her secret clearly was not safe; Abigail threatened to kill them if they so hushed a word. Evidently, no one would rebel and if they did, Abigail was always able to save herself! There were countless moments in the book we 're it seemed like Abigail would get caught in her lies, but fortunately for her she was extremely good at talking. Whether it was convincing Father Parris that Goody Proctor fired her because she hated her, or that Tituba was the one conjuring spirits, and