A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O Connor

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The Grandmother “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is a short story of Flannery O’Connor, and it is about a family which is going to Florida for a vacation, but instead ends up killed by prison runners whose names are the Misfit, Bobby Lee, and Hiram. The story mainly focused on the grandmother whose selfish behavior leads to a sudden tragic end for her family and herself at the end of the story. Even though Flannery O’Connor did not give the grandmother a name, she gave her a very interesting character, which has its own values. Throughout the story the grandmother is appears to value her status of a lady, her own desires and life, and religion. One of the values that is very important for the grandmother is being a lady. For the first …show more content…

Being ready before others in the morning of the trip, she is wearing “a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small dots in the print” (O’Connor 414). With her white “collars” and “cuffs”, the grandmother makes sure that if she is going to die, she will look like a “lady” (414). Another situation when the grandmother wants to be seen as a “lady” appears at the end of the story, when she is trying to convince the Misfit not to kill her by saying: “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?” (421). However, her status does not help her to save her life, and she ends like her son Bailey and his family, shot to death. It seems that being a lady for the grandmother mostly means the external appearance, which means that a lady should look nice and be treated with respect. In addition to that, having manners and respecting others is also the qualities of a

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