"A Good Man Is Hard To Find"

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Throughout most of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor, the grandmother is a discourteous character. She lies, insults, complains, and makes offensive remarks until the story is near over. Towards the end she goes through a dramatic change.

The story begins with the grandmother complaining about going to Florida. She wanted to go to Tennessee and she made it clear to her son, Bailey, and his wife and children every chance she got: "'The children have been to Florida before . . . You ought to take them somewhere else for a change so they would see different parts of the world and be broad. They've never been to east Tennessee'" (Para 2). She is very stubborn. She would not be happy unless the family vacation was to east Tennessee. The grandmother was not forced to go with the family but she does not stay home.

She is the first person in the car dressed as if she were going somewhere important and not just in on a family vacation. We can assume by dressing like this showed that she felt as if she was better then the rest of the family. The grandmother even brought her cat, Pitty Sing, with them. She had to hide it under her seat so Bailey would not see it. She has no reasonable excuse to even bring the cat with them. The only excuse she offers is the cat may miss her and it could get burnt on the gas burners. This is just another reason that shows she was stubborn.

The grandmother told false stories to the children to make them infuriate their parents enough to allow them to go to the mansion. The grandmother tells them that the mansion has trap doors and other...



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