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

748 WordsJan 26, 20183 Pages
Flannery O’Connor’s Southern Gothic short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” is one of sudden violence; although, it begins rather uneventful (Kaplan 1). Bailey, his wife, and their children, John Wesley, June Star, and a baby boy, are all looking forward to a trip to Florida. Grandmother, Bailey’s mom, wants to go to east Tennessee to see her relatives, not Florida. She uses an article in the newspaper that tells of an escaped criminal, the Misfit, which is headed to Florida to try to persuade her son into not going there. Her attempt at persuading her son fails, and so the adventure begins. While the grandmother and the Misfit are the central figures of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Bailey, John Wesley, and June Star prove to be instrumental characters because they are used to show a change in the mood of the story. O’Connor shows the reader through her writings that Bailey plays the role of a father, husband, and son, and he tries to succeed at all of them. He is a man that is portrayed to be strong, protective, and intelligent by the author (Nester 126). Another side of Bailey that rarely comes out but is important to the story is his temper. After the family has a car accident, the grandmother mentions that she is afraid of Bailey, and what he might do to her since she ultimately was responsible for the car accident. This gives the reader a hint of violence in the story. The reader also sees his unstable and rather intolerant
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