A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is a short story written by Flannary O’Connor talking about a family vacation that has gone wrong. Family is an interesting topic when reading this story. The children, John Wesley and June Star, are spoiled children who have no respect to anyone. The father has a temper. The grandmother is a very judgmental person. Each family member plays a role of the outcome of the family trip.
The typical roles of children in stories about the “old days” are respective and considerate. The grandmother states after John insulted her native states that “In my time, children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else”. When reading this story, the roles of the two children are the completely opposite of this. John Wesley is a rude, disrespectful child. He does not really think too much about anything. When asked what would happen if the Misfit caught him, he states “I’d smack his face” completely unaware of how dangerous he is and how that mentality could cost him his life. June Star has a sharp tongue and does not old back when speaking her mind. There are several incidents where she states what’s on her mind. When the family reached The Tower, a place to eat and dance, June dances to some music. The wife of the owner of the place states how cute she is and asks her to stay with her. June instantly states “No I certainly wouldn’t. I wouldn’t live in a broken-down place like this for a million bucks!” According to Harold Bloom, “As the grandmother hobbles out of the car, June Star expresses disappointment that no one has been killed” (Bloom). Both children have twisted ideas of entertainment. When the family gets into the car accident, they chant in delight “We’ve had an ACCIDENT!”
Bailey seems to be calm and collected but later on one can see that he just keeps everything bottled in and just bursts at times. He just wants to go from point A to point B, with as little interruptions as possible. This can be seen when he is driving the family to Florida for vacation but does not want to stop and sight see. He even says “Let’s go through Georgia fast so we won’t have to look at it much”. He ignores his mother when she tried warning him about a man who calls himself “The Misfit”. Bailey’s mother knew that if she tries to persuade him to take a quick stop to an old plantation she use to go to when she was little, he would say no. To get him to change his mind, she makes up a story about a secret panel filled with silver to make the kids want to go. At that time, the children, with great excitement, asks if they can go. Bailey says no calmly. The children go into a tantrum and start yelling and kicking his seat. At this point, Bailey screams, saying “All right, but get this: this is the only time we’re going to stop for anything like this. This is the one and only time”. At this point, he lets it go and keeps driving. He finally lets everything out after...

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