“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is a short story written by author Flannary O’Connor depicting the family vacation of a family in Georgia. The story focuses more on the grandmother as her thoughts are displayed to the reader, in contrast to the other characters whom the reader has no perception of their thoughts or feelings. Family is a big concept throughout the story as it plays a vital role in the progression of events. Family leads the family to their demise and the roles in which each character played throughout the short story.
To begin, an escaped convict is mentioned quite often as he has made himself infamous with the local media. The grandmother adorns herself with nice clothes and flowers, such as how a lady would dress. The grandmother by nature is very conceded and stuck up as to think of herself as of more important. This is easily reflected by her grandchildren who are very obnoxious and by definition act exactly as brats. During the story the grandmother passes by a local farm and reminisces of older times and how the farm contained a hidden passage. The mentioning of this secret passage excites the two children, June Star and John Wesley, and their complaining eventually convinces their father, Bailey, to stop by.
Furthermore, their grandmother remembers that the farm she was thinking about was not in Georgia, their current location, and shortly after the family crashes their car. The mothers shoulder is broken by the resulting incident and the car is then inspected by a group of three men. The grandmother screams as she recognizes one of the gentlemen to be the infamous Misfit. The grandmother is soon left begging and pleading for her life as she attempts to convince the Misfit that Jesus will forgive him. The family is killed one by one with the grandmother being the last one to die to three gun shots to the chest.
Throughout the whole story family is mentioned quite often: From the trip involving the whole family to the grandmother scolding her grandson on to respect his home state, due to connections with family. The one incident involving family which stands out specifically involves the Misfit. The grandmother mentions earlier to him that he was raised by good hands. However, it is later revealed that the Misfit killed his own father, possibly due to some feud or hatred towards him. It is this fact that causes the Misfit to easily be a contrast to the grandmother.
Even though the Misfit is a murderer and, as his name implies, a misfit of society. However, he is surprisingly a reasonable and logical man. Although his choices can be...