Analysis Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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A “Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is a short story about a family that is taking a vacation to Florida but never actually makes it there. The family is faced with a huge conflict involving how the grandmother’s hypocrisy and dishonesty, which is foreshadowed throughout the entire story, leads to an unfortunate domino effect of events that eventually lead up to each of them getting executed by criminals that escaped from prison. The title of the story reflects a conversation that the grandmother had with a man named Red Sammy Butts where he mentioned that “A Good Man is hard to Find.” Throughout the text, there is a constant use of foreshadowing and a theme of mistrust, starting with the grandmother herself. At the beginning of the text, her dishonesty and selfishness is immediately shown when she sneaks Pity Sing, her cat, into the car to go on the trip with the family. Although she knew her son, Bailey, wouldn’t like to show up to the motel with a cat, she did it anyway because “he would miss her too much.” (251) When it comes to finding the true meaning of the “good man”, the grandmother’s idea of it is actually flawed. Before stopping to eat at The Tower, she recalls her experiences with Mr. Edgar Atkins Teagarden, who she was “courted by” (252) and explains how he was a “gentleman who bought Coca-Cola stock, making him a rich man.” (252) After the interesting stop to eat and her conversation with Red Sammy Butts, the grandmother doses on and off and

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