A Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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A woman who tends to get on everybody’s nerves and still manages to get what she wants. Who is she? The one and only grandmother from “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor. They go through so much trouble on a memory that turned out not to be accurate. One thing leads to another and all her actions led to disastrous reactions.
The author portrays her as a selfish and manipulative person. Her main priority is not the well beings of her family but of herself. As her son, grandchildren and daughter in law were taken away all she did was plea for her own life. Convincing the misfit that he should let her live because she was a lady and he was a “good boy” is all she could think to do. However at the end she does develop sympathy for the misfit for all the punishment and hardship he has been through. She repeats over and over again "You 've got good blood! I know you wouldn 't shoot a lady! I know you come from nice people! Pray! Jesus, you ought not to shoot a lady”(O’Connor). She always knows exactly what she wants and does not mind manipulating people to do it. Like she does here in the text, "There was a secret panel in this house," she said craftily, not telling the truth but wishing that she were, "and the story went that all the family silver was hidden in it when Sherman came through but it was never
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She wants everyone to do what she says no ands, ifs, or buts about it. As the story progress towards the end she begins to develop sympathy for the misfit in a plea to save her life. At first she is a little obnoxious to the family and none of the family gets along well, but with death lingering around the corner it makes her develop a new perspective of life. She cries out the name of her son but receives no response. She thinks being a lady and saying "You wouldn 't shoot a lady, would you?" (O’Connor) will convince the misfit to spare her life, but it does
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