A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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The short story “A Good Man is Hard To Find” is an intellectual dialog that has hidden meanings in each character. It’s important to note that there is no hero in this story because each character is in need for redemption. Specially, the Grandmother, whose character is most expressed throughout the short story, is in need for grace. Similar to the other characters, the Grandmother is selfish and mostly complains and manipulates others to get what she wants. In addition to that, the Grandmother’s character is flawed and is in need for redemption. Notably, this can be seen in the interactions between the Grandmother and the other characters of the story. Also, the Grandmother has no principles of her actions but except for the motive of vanity and the way she views herself. For one example, the Grandmother is with her family on a long road trip and dresses very eloquently as if she was attending a wedding (O'Connor 137). The Grandmother expresses that if there were an accident, people would know she was a lady because of the way she was dresses (O'Connor 137). With this in mind, the character of the Grandmother shows that her principles are selfish. Overall, the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is about a grandmother’s need for redemption which is expressed by her interactions on the road trip with her family, her encounter with the Misfit and how she views a good man.
First, it is important to note the Grandmother’s need for redemption in the way she treats her family. For instances, the story starts off by giving an impression of the Grandmother, O’Conner writes “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” (O'Connor 137). In other words, O’Conner is revealing to the reader a glimpse of the Grandmother’s character. In this case, the Grandmother is showing her vanity by trying to control the destination as if her plans were superior than the rest of the family’s thoughts. This is one aspect of why she might need to be redeem because of her arrogant view of herself. Furthermore, in the same scene the Grandmother even tries to convince her family that there
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