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Destruction in A Good Man is Hard to Find

4 Pages 880 Words June 2017

“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, is a short story written in 1953 about a family going on vacation to Florida. O’Connor is a famous writer who grew up as a Roman Catholic in the south and tends to use religion as a recurring theme throughout her work. In this short story, O’Connor focuses mainly on the six family members and an escaped convict known as The Misfit. From the beginning all the way until the end, the family is in a constant state of argument and disagreement. The grandmother proves to the reader that one must think before they act or speak to avoid being selfish and causing negative consequences. Through the grandmother, O’Connor calls attention to these negative consequences of selfishness, manipulatives, and talking without thinking.
The grandmother was a selfish lady. The family had planned a trip to Florida, however, when the grandmother heard about an escaped convict on the loose she immediately used that as an excuse to try and persuade the family to instead go to Tennessee. However, things did not go her way, and the family continued with their plans to go to Florida. She tries to scare them by asking “and what would you do if this fellow, The Misfit, caught you?” The family is telling the grandmother that if she does not like their vacation plans, she can stay home. Her son, Bailey, ignoring her warnings about The Misfit and continuing with his plans is O’Connor using the grandmother’s manipulation to foreshadow The Misfit catching the family. Bailey made sure to tell her he did not want to show up anywhere with a cat and that she needed to leave it at home; she did not listen. Not only was she the first one to be ready to go and in the car the morning of the trip, but she also had the cat hidden with her. Her reasoning was “ he would miss her too much, and she was afraid he might brush against one of the gas burners and accidentally asphyxiate himself.” Even though Bailey ...

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