Literary Analysis of a Good Man Is Hard to Find

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A Good Man Really Is Hard to Find Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is the story of a family’s vacation tragically ended by The Misfit and his gang. On the way to their vacation spot in Florida, the Grandmother remembers a plantation in Georgia she used to visit when she was a young lady and desperately wants to see it. She tells her son, Bailey, what road it is on and everyone is excited to see it. After a while, the grandmother realizes that she was wrong about where the plantation was and becomes so upset at herself that she knocks things over in the car which causes a car accident. A passing car stops to help the family but the Grandmother realizes that one of the men is a murderer, nicknamed, The Misfit. While one of…show more content…
They represent the new generation of children. They have absolutely no respect for their elders. In the beginning of the story, when the grandson, John Wesley, asks the Grandmother why she doesn’t just stay home, the granddaughter, June Star, states “She wouldn't stay at home for a million bucks, afraid she'd miss something. She has to go everywhere we go" (1). Also at Red Sammy’s, when Sammy’s wife was complimenting June on her dancing and telling her how cute she was, June talked to her as if she were underserving of her attention. Another example is when the Misfit tells one of his men to take June and her mother into the forest, June says "I don't want to hold hands with him, he reminds me of a pig." During the road trip, the two are the typical children on road trips, bored and obnoxious. As soon as the Grandmother mentions the plantation with a secret hiding place full of treasure, the two children start chanting and screaming and begging their parents to take them there. Finally, the father gives up forcing them to shut up. This shows that the parenting in this family wasn’t the best. The reason why the children are so spoiled and obnoxious is because the parents give up on the fight to keep the peace. A way O’Conner comments on today’s youth is how the children responded to the car crash. They were absolutely delighted that they had been in a car accident and were disappointed when they saw that nobody had died. This shows how today’s
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