The grandmother next attempt was to tell Baily and his wife that they should let the children see the world. The children should visit Tennessee, so they could get out and enjoy life. This attempt also did not work. The grandmother finally got the
Observation In her story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor shares the tragic experience of a grandmother and her son’s family during their trip to Florida. Although her son, Bailey, and his family act coldly and disrespectfully towards her, the grandmother maintains a positive, cheerful attitude and loves them all. When they stop by Red Sammy’s barbeque during the trip, she reflects on the golden years of the past when people would respect each other and trust in one another’s goodness (O’Connor 501). As the family continues their trip, the grandmother recalls a planation in the area that she visited as a young lady and influences the children to convince their father to take them to the house (O’Connor 502).
and they are all planning a trip to Florida. Although it has been decided that they are going to Florida, the grandmother is frustrated and tries to convince her son and his family that they should go to Tennessee instead since more family lives there and there are sights to see there. She also argues that going to Florida would only put the family in danger as there was a serial killer on the loose who goes by the name of “Misfit”. This, in itself, already raises a red flag for readers since they just so happen to be travelling to a place where a serial killer is running loose. Despite the grandmother’s protests against their trip to Florida, they all get in the car and begin their journey.
To start out in the first sentence of the story the grandmother was brought up. “The grandmother did not want to go to Florida” (O’Connor 1). It says she wanted to go to east Tennessee. She tried to get her son Bailey not to go to Florida, and she also looked down on the mother for wanting to take them to somewhere they had been before, when she had been to Tennessee before.
The ironic twists in the story are dark and grotesque. The sub-plot of the story is about an escaped convict on the loose heading toward Florida. Ironically, this is the same destination that the family is headed toward. Early on in the short story the grandmother says, “The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what is says he did to these people.
The story gives way of foreshadowing the unfortunate ending in several instances. The first one is when Grandmother Bailey is trying to change the destination of the trip by showing her son the newspaper article about the man that escaped from the penitentiary. "Here this that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it”
The dad, aunt and grandpa all went off while the grandma took care of the kids. They didn't have it easy, but they had there neighbors to fall back on. It says in the text "Lots of women acted like my mother, bossing me, feeding me. Many would hold me on their laps and tell me stories about High John the Conqueror or John Henry. Some felt no shame about whipping out a comb and fixing my hair when they thought I looked too raggedy".
As she hides the cat away, it is almost as if she is hiding herself and hiding her “mistakes”. As the story moves on, they meet Red Sam. He complains to the grandmother about an incident with a customer, “”Two fellers come in here last week,” Red Sammy said, “driving a Chrysler. It was a old beat-up car
The grandmother took cat naps and woke up every few minutes with her own snoring. Outside of Toomsboro she woke up and recalled an old plantation that she had visited in this neighborhood once when she was a young lady” (O’Connor 45). In Toomsboro, the grandmother initiates the chain of events that will soon lead to the family’s demise. Here, she makes the false realization that the plantation she visited was in Georgia, when really, it was in Tennessee. “Just as she said it, a horrible thought came to her.
The bizarre twists of fate of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’ Conner leaves the reader perplexed and reveled to a preconceived ending of good prevailing against evil this gives the story its unique and arousing end which most stories do. O’ Conner uses literary proficiency such as foreshadowing, symbolism, eccentric characters, In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” The Grandmother character is brought to light as self-centered and manipulative. She tries to do everything in her favor and sway situations to fit her own interest regardless of other characters. She tries to manipulate Bailey not to go to Florida but Tennessee, seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind, “seize” isn’t just a casual attempt.
1. The conventional social and religious values the grandmother feels she is ethically superior to others by virtue and can pass judgment on others. The Grandmother is exposed during the story when she lies to her family about a mansion with a secret panel to get her son to drive there and hides the mistake that the house was in Georgia. In the story when the misfit states “She would of been a good woman ... if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life”, implies that she talked about everything and anything a lot with little or no knowledge on the subject. Also, she felt her judgment was always right if she had someone that would have keep her from talking continuously.
The grandmother manipulates her son into going to an old plantation that she visited when she was young. She does this by saying to the kids “There was a secret panel in this house, she said craftily, not telling the truth but wishing she were” (935). If there was a secret panel actually in the house that would be really cool, but there isn’t one. She says this so that the kids are interested. They whine and complain, begging their dad to go to the house.
In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the Grandmother and the Misfit are reverse images of one another, even though they are opposites they still have some of the same attributes. In the story, the grandmother is seen to be a selfish woman who wants her way any and all the time, and a person with little memory. The Misfit, on the other hand, is a man who feels that he has done no wrong in his life and should believe that he should not be punished, however, he thinks it just the case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Before going on the family trip, grandmother makes sure she is dressed very properly “ In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once she was a proper lady” (421). Grandmother wears white cotton gloves, a navy straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the white brim” which she adjusted often to ensure she had a good outward appearance. Grandmother’s moment of redemption comes to her while she is in a ditch with a serial killer.