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Grandmother, Bailey And The Misfit Essay

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A family of six traveling to Florida, is the main setting for Flannery O?Connor?s ?A Good Man is Hard to Find.? Almost to Florida, the path of Bailey?s family cross with the Misfit after an accident and lead to the whole family demise. Three causes of the family?s demise are Grandmother, Bailey and the Misfit.Grandmother was the one most would think lead to the family?s demise, but she was not alone. Grandmother did warn her son, Bailey to not go in the direction that the Misfit was traveling. It seemed to Bailey the only reason why she wanted to go a different way was so she could go to Tennessee, where she had wanted to go. In some ways, this was a compassionate move for the Grandmother because she cared about her family and in other ways she was just being conniving. The grandmother cared about her cat and didn?t want to leave the cat alone for the time they would be on the trip. She snuck the cat in the car for the trip which leads to the accident, when the cat jumped on Bailey and the car went in an embankment. The one major cause was that the grandmother was scared of Bailey, and if she would have told him the truth about the house not being there after going out of their way, Bailey would have been very upset. Even though the grandmother seems like the easy choice for the cause of the family?s demise there were other forces and Bailey was another.Bailey was the parochial figure in the story with no backbone, respect, or concern with family?s demise. After a warning from his mother, Grandmother, he still wanted to Gilbert-2 travel to Florida in the path of the Misfit who just escaped from the federal penetenry. His mother was fearful of Bailey?s reaction if she told him the truth that the house they were looking for was in Tennessee and not in Georgia where they were looking. If Bailey was a little more supportive and not so rigid and hard on...

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