A Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find

The story "A Good Man is Hard To Find" begins with a family planning to take a vacation to Florida. The grandmother who does not want to take the vacation in Florida is persuading the family. She has read about a crazed killer by the name of the Misfit, who is on the run, heading for Florida. The mambas of her family ignore the grandmother.
On the day of the trip, ironically, the grandmother is dressed in her
Sunday best. She is decked in white gloves and navy blue dress with matching hat. She is the first one in the car and ready to go.
O'Connor is getting the reader to visualize the Southern culture. The grandmother's purpose of dressing this way is to be recognized as a lady, in case someone saw
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O'Connor is illustrating the lost respect for the family and elders. The family's encounter with Red Sammy Butts serves as another way O'Connor expresses how trust and respect have begun to wear away.
The grandmother makes the mistake of telling the children the story of a nearby house that has a secret panel. The children scream until the father, Bailey, gives in and takes them to see the house. On the way down the long windy road that leads to the house, the cat gets out of his cage and jumps on Bailey's shoulder, resulting in the car being overturned. As everyone is getting themselves together, a car with three men approaches. The grandmother recognizes the Misfit at once.

The Misfit reveals himself as polite and sociable and even apologizes to the grandmother for Bailey's rudeness to her. However, the Misfit does not waste any time as he asks one of his cronies to escort Bailey and John Wesley off into the woods to meet their fate. The grandmother and the Misfit engage in a conversation, which is supposed to have a religious meaning. The grandmother tries to appeal to the Misfit by saying he isn't a bit common. The Misfit goes on to tell a story about his family, and how he was the type of child to question everything.
He continues on to talk about periods of a criminal's life. The grandmother's prayer of advice gives evidence that they are on two different levels of understanding the Christian faith. O'Connor gives the reader the

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