Thus, in story after story, these individuals are brought to a crisis point in their lives, and they see their self-confidence destroyed by events, or else they experience a moment of grace which causes them to reevaluate their past lives and to see the world in a new and spiritual light. The grandmother tells him that he could be honest, if he tried. No pleasure but meanness,' he said and his voice had become almost a snarl. Bailey's wife also ignores the plea, but the non-vocal disrespect of the parents finds voice through the children. Some appreciated them as comedies for this reason, while others reacted with disgust.
Free Study Guide-A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor-Free. Bailey The old woman's son. Her inspiration as a writer came from a deeply felt faith in Roman Catholicism, which she claimed informed all of her stories. She sits in the back between John Wesley and June Star. Then open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader. But it does suggest another question you might have thought about, since it's one of the Big Questions: what makes a good person? When June Star suggests that she would not marry a man who brought her only watermelons, the grandmother responds by replying that Mr. Or, on the contrary, does the diabolical Misfit function, paradoxically, as an agent of grace? The Misfit comes to almost personify this nihilism that the Grandmother so fears.
As they drive down a rough dirt road, the grandmother suddenly realizes that the house she is remembering is in Tennessee, not Georgia. This act, of course, opens up ever more Q's on the nature of goodness: how can we understand such an act of forgiveness? But John Wesley and June star get in a fight. Add to that all of those deep thoughts on the nature of good and evil, and you've got a short but intense story well worth the read. Others, such as Red Sammy, the owner of a service station the family stops at, and his wife, have their own vices, but Red and the grandmother have no trouble pointing out those of others. The grandmother, by standing and waving to attract the attention of the people in the approaching car, brings down upon the family the Misfit and his two companions. That's as hard to say as a good man is to find—it really depends on your worldview and the strength of your stomach.
It was also, for that reason, the story about which the author herself spoke most often she also gave several public readings of it. Red Sammy comes in and talks to them--after he tells his wife to hustle with their food--and he and the grandmother have a discussion about how folks are different now and how a good man is hard to find. I ain't a good man. Critics disagree on the meaning of those lines, but they could possibly indicate that the grandmother finally recognizes the connectedness among human beings. Free Study Guide-A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor-Free This Study Guide is currently being revised and reformatted. They pester Bailey into visiting the place by kicking, screaming, and making general nuisances of themselves. Even as her family members are being killed off, her own self-importance leads her to believe she can change this hardened criminal's heart through her testimony of Christ's love or offering money.
If that doesn't answer your questions, let us know by emailing us at and we can email you the file as soon as possible please include your order number and the name listed in the order form in your email. The grandmother is the focal point, and she does have a revelation towards the end. They stop for lunch at a roadside place, The Tower. Try to answer this question even if it isn't the way you read the story. There are, of course, no absolute answers to these questions; the story resists easy solutions, violates the reader's expectations. The Grandmother's attitudes toward African Americans typify the beliefs of many in the state at the time.
For O'Connor defies my humanistic values--she distances the characters and thwarts compassion. Is O'Connor simply presenting characteristically racist attitudes of not particularly admirable characters? As a character, she is not especially filled out. Ok, he says, Just this once, and don't ask again. Can it only be understood religiously, as O'Connor would argue herself? How does the story change if it isn't? She watches the grandmother crawl out of the car, her clothes and hat all disarranged. This section contains 548 words approx. They see a car coming, in the distance, and the grandmother gets up and waves for help. No further distribution without written consent.
How would you judge that? I also find it important to address the question of racism in the story. Even during O'Connor's lifetime, her works provoked very different reactions in her readers. Of course, Flannery O'Connor isn't claiming that everyone's guilty of homicide; however, her short story ' A Good Man is Hard to Find' makes it clear that everybody's guilty of something. The grandmother tells him the road leading to the plantation is a mile back and he turns the car around. Why does she tell The Misfit that he's a good man? As the family leaves The Tower, the children are again attracted to the gray monkey which attracted their attention when they first arrived. The grandmother tells June Star that she should be ashamed of herself, talking like that.
She also can be manipulative. We're not going to give you all the details about what happens when the family gets lost on a disused back road. Then she tells The Misfit, again, that he must be good people, not common, and he tells her that his own daddy said he was different from other people. But it really alludes to a very philosophical, very-much-not- Cosmo-esque question of ethics: what makes a person good? Nevertheless, they're subjected to the same 'punishment' The Misfit gives the others, meaning he must find them at fault in some way. Can it be a hopeful story if they die? Background to the story: Beverly Lyon Clark Excerpt: In general, the elusiveness of O'Connor's best stories makes them eminently teachable--pushing students to sustain ambiguity, to withhold final judgments.