A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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In Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, is based on a southern family who takes a vacation to Florida. One question that comes up in the story is what’s the meaning of a good man and how there is only a few left in civilization. There is a vain and devious grandmother, her son Bailey who is very reserved, his submissive wife and baby, and their ill-mannered children, John Wesley and June Star. Many of the characters in the story see themselves as a good person based on their own moral code that they stand by. These moral codes which are deeply flawed, leaving each character blinded by their own self virtue. The grandmother classifies herself as having the best morals. She overdresses for the trip having on a “navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy-blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet, so that if there was an accident, people would know she was a lady” (O’Connor), she also manages to sneak the cat into the car. The narrator illustrates to us that grandmother looks down on other people. Such as in the beginning of the story, the grandmother criticizes the mother for “not taking the children different parts of the world and be broad (O’Connor). The grandmother at that time mainly wanted to visit her family members in east Tennessee and uses the
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