Unable to convince them that the trip to Tennessee will be novel and broadening for the children, the grandmother offers as a final argument a newspaper article that states that a psychopathic killer who calls himself The Misfit is heading toward Florida.
She argues that his children, John Wesley and June Star, have never been to East Tennessee, and she shows him a news article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about an escaped murderer who calls himself "The Misfit" and was last seen in Florida.
The next day, the grandmother wakes up early to hide her cat, Pitty Sing, in a basket on the floor in the back of the car. She is worried that the cat would die while they were gone. Bailey finds her sitting in the car, dressed in her best clothes and an ostentatious hat; she says that if she should die in an accident along the road, she wants people to see her corpse and know she was refined and "a lady.
She recalls her youth in the Old South, reminiscing about her courtships and how much better everything was in her time, when children were respectful and people "did right then.
As he drives them down a remote dirt road, the grandmother suddenly realizes that the house she was thinking of was actually in Tennessee, not Georgia. Bailey then loses control of the car and it flips over, ending up in a ditch below the road, near Toomsboro.
Shaking in the ditch, the family waits for help. When she notices a black hearse coming down the road, the grandmother flags it down until it stops. Three men come out and begin to talk to her. All three have guns. The grandmother says that she recognizes the leader, the quiet man in glasses, as The Misfit.
He immediately confirms this, saying it would have been better for them all if she had not recognized him, and Bailey curses his mother. The Misfit claims that he has no memory of the crime for which he was imprisoned; when he was informed by doctors that he had killed his father, he claimed that his father died in a flu epidemic.
The grandmother begins pleading for her own life.
When The Misfit talks to her about Jesus, he expresses his doubts about His raising Lazarus from the dead. As he speaks, The Misfit becomes agitated and angry. She is not identified by name. The Baby Male child of Bailey and his wife. Not identified by name. Red Sammy Butts Restaurant operator who agrees with the Grandmother that the world is in a state of decline.
She observes that not a single person in the world is trustworthy. He would have been a good man to marry, she says, because he owned Coca-Cola stock and died rich. Pitty Sing Pet cat of the Grandmother. Bailey flings it against a tree after the accident.
She originally perceives herself as a righteous woman, making her able to "justify" all of her actions. Other opinions include that it is contradictory of her character or that she was simply again trying to save herself and that her selfishness was never overcome throughout the story.
For example, Alex Link considers how, until the family encounters the Misfit, the South is mainly something to ignore, forget, package in a movie or a monument, or remember with distorted nostalgia, such that the Misfit comes to stand for the persistence of what cannot be bought, sold, or wholly understood, such as death, grace, and "the South.
In the story, violence reveals divine grace. Christians believe the imperfect can be reborn spiritually, i. While the two seem to be different, the grandmother and the Misfit both are the same at their core: The sins she commits throughout the story depict her as a severely flawed individual in need of saving.
Only at her death does she realize her faults. After he shoots her, the Misfit claims "she would have been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.A Good Man Is Hard To To Find.
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"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is a short story written by Flannery O'Connor in The story appears in the collection of short stories of the same rutadeltambor.com interpretive work of scholars often focuses on the controversial final scene.
34 Flannery O’Connor, ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’ THE GRANDMOTHER didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind.
"A Good Man is Hard to Find"—which is O'Connor's most popular story—frequently stood at the center of discussion. O'Connor, though, saw all of her fiction—including this story—as realistic, demandingly unsentimental, but ultimately hopeful.
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Some people think it's a cynical tale, uncompromising in the way it brings out human pettiness and manipulation.