A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

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In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O'Connor uses the grandmother as a person who gets what she wants. At first she doesn't want to go to Florida she want's to visit her relatives in Tennessee. We also learn she is manipulative when she tries to change Bailey's (her son) mind. Whenever something doesn't go her way she wants she isn't pleased. She uses the story of the Misfit to scare the family so that they would go to Tennessee. Something else the grandmother says about herself in the story is that she is a lady. Later on in the story when the grandmother is faced with the Misfit she uses the same style of manipulation to convince him that he's a good man to save herself. Afterward she becomes religious when she realizes the meaning of life and when death is staring her right in the eye. The grandmother's character show's manipulation,selfishness, and when she is faced with death grace. With that being said, that grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” can be defined as a woman who get what she wants. Throughout the story, there are several moments where the grandmother uses manipulation to get what she wants. In the beginning, the grandmother didn't want to go to Florida but rather visit her connections in east Tennessee. She grabs her newspaper and tells Bailey the story of the Misfit and how he was headed for Florida. She says, “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

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