The driver looks down and watches for several minutes, then mutters something to the other two men in the car and they all get out. The next morning, the Grandmother is packed and ready to leave, sitting in the car before anyone else. He tells a story about how he gave two men gas on credit; clearly he has been taken advantage of and regrets his decision. The beautiful, cloudless day contrasts sharply with the events that are happening under it; murders in the woods in the middle of nowhere should happen during a dark and stormy night, not a beautiful cloudless day. I ain't a good man. There's a bit of truth to that. The Misfit's doubt in Jesus leads him to think that there is no real right or wrong, and no ultimate point to life.
They hit the road and begin the trip from Georgia to Florida. However, to add a few words here for those of you who are reading this, and not The Atlantic or the like though I will attempt to send you there , A Good Man is Hard to Find is a marvel. Red Sammy observes that 'a good man is hard to find. John Wesley and June Star begin to fight, and the Grandmother asks if telling them a story would stop their fighting. Bailey swerves and the car crashes. The grandmother is the most important character in the story because she has a main role in the stories principal action. A grandmother is traveling with her family her son Bailey, his wife, and their three children from Atlanta to Florida for a vacation.
We're not going to give you all the details about what happens when the family gets lost on a disused back road. Nope, just plain, meat and potatoes sentences. The events leading up to the death scene itself are designed by O'Connor to display the foibles of the family and to create a sense of foreboding. The next morning, it's off to Florida they go. Being cooped up in the car together brings out everyone's worst qualities: the children are annoying and entitled, the grandma is wistfully nostalgic and racist, and the dad is a grouch. The family argues constantly: nobody listens to the Grandmother, and her grandchildren mock her.
The story is unmatched in its pacing, economy of language, large cast of fully-drawn characters and suffocating dread that hangs over it like the oppressive Georgian sun. Beware lest he devour you. Unintentionally, she led her entire family to their destiny. There's the two troublesome and annoying kids, the hot-headed dad who tries to maintain control of a situation and fails, the wife busy attending to the baby, and the grandmother, who's a case all to herself and also the main character. O'Connor's larger point here, as it is in most of her stories, is that most people treat their inevitable deaths as an abstraction that will never really happen and, therefore, don't give enough consideration to the. The family does not discuss things open-mindedly, but shouts and argues until someone gives in. Briefly, the story depicts the destruction of an altogether too normal family by three escaped convicts.
The next morning, the family sets out on the road trip. Notice that O'Connor often fully writes out the accents and regional speech of her characters read anything The Misfit says for an example of this. The grandmother was constantly talking about the good in people, but was she a A Good Man is Hard to Find Thesis: Bailey and his family discover the hard way just how ironic life can be. Only it's not quite the help they were expecting. Michell Owens shows how the grandmother. In her attempt to get the family to go to Tennessee rather than to Florida, the grandmother uses the news story of the escaped murderer, the Misfit, to try to scare Bailey into changing his mind. This may be the grandmother's moment of grace -- her chance at divine redemption.
I found this disturbingly graphic without there even being any graphic descriptions of violence. After following the road for a while they don't see anything. There is one dud, in my opinion. A Brief Synopsis Many of us are probably familiar with how painful family vacations can be, with hours of driving in cramped quarters and arguing where to stop for lunch. Many see it as the story of a selfish woman who uses manipulation to get what she wants, but is ultimately unable to save herself by her acts.
But when it returns for the last time in the description of the grandmother's smiling face, the image of the cloudless sky seems to transform, suggesting the peace the grandmother found in her last moment. The grandmother's vanity and self-centered attitude are made apparent in the first three lines of the story. With all of the violence, horror, and dismal surroundings presented in O'Connor's stories there is too a moral message given. In that passage, for example, the grandmother has just lost all her family members, and is at least we think in a moment of incredible despair. You know, the kind of family that could be in a National Lampoon movie? As they drive down a rough dirt road, the grandmother suddenly realizes that the house she is remembering is in Tennessee, not Georgia.
That would be right about when O'Connor wrote the story 1953 anyway. O'Connor intends the reader to take the Misfit's comments seriously he is the most serious-minded character in the story, after all and notice that the grandmother, in her moment of receiving grace, has recognized that she and the Misfit and presumably all the rest of humanity are related as children of God. No one seems to take her especially seriously—after all, she's just the grandma. In this paper I will summarize the story, and discuss the irony of the story and the morality and religion in the story. Edgar brought her a watermelon every week, into which he carved his initials, E. Bailey, his wife, and their children, John Wesley, June Star, and a baby boy, are all looking forward to a trip to Florida.