Literary Analysis of a Good Man Is Hard to Find Essay

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A Good Man Really Is Hard to Find

Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is the story of a family’s vacation tragically ended by The Misfit and his gang. On the way to their vacation spot in Florida, the Grandmother remembers a plantation in Georgia she used to visit when she was a young lady and desperately wants to see it. She tells her son, Bailey, what road it is on and everyone is excited to see it. After a while, the grandmother realizes that she was wrong about where the plantation was and becomes so upset at herself that she knocks things over in the car which causes a car accident. A passing car stops to help the family but the Grandmother realizes that one of the men is a murderer, nicknamed, The Misfit. While one of
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She decides that Red Sammy is a good man because he was gullible enough to let some men take advantage of him. He states that he trusted them because they had a Chrysler and looked alright. Red Sammy, like the Grandmother, remembers the good old days and makes the momentous statement that “A good man is hard to find” (5). This shows that he is similar to the Grandmother, that he considers himself a good man just like she considers herself a good woman because she is a lady. She also tells the Misfit that he is a good man, partly trying to save her own life and partly because he looked like he came from a good family. In the Grandmother’s mind, he was a good man as long as he didn’t have common blood.
After the Grandmother recognizes the Misfit to be a murderer, she immediately starts begging for her life. All while she is doing this, the Misfit explains to her about his good upbringing with his good parents and great life. He is perfectly polite and apologetic to the ladies about his lack of shirt and goes on to explain how he became the misfit. He was accused of a crime that he has no memory of committing. They accused him of killing his father when he knew for sure that he hadn’t. O’Conner is making a parallel between the Misfit and Jesus. Both of them were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit. While the Misfit is definitely not sinless, like Jesus, he knows his morals and sticks to them. Towards the end of the

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