In the following paragraphs, you will also exposed to how a calm title “A Good Man is Hard to Find” will bring new perspective to the type of person you would consider to be a good man and how we can be faced with a situation where we find ourselves trying to see the good, in even the most evil kind of men.
Throughout the short story by Flannery O’Connor’s story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” used cultural context that represents the use and belief of a southern roots lifestyle that took place in a small town in Georgia somewhere between the 1940’s-1950’s. The Grandmother is the main character and in several instances she replicates the historical and cultural race issues present during those times because she would refer to African Americans as “Negros” or “N*gg* rs” which was common use of slang by southern whites around that time. For example, the Grandma was telling her young obnoxious granddaughter named June Star, a story and even mentioned a derogatory statement which was stated “Little nigg*rs in the country don’t have thinks like we do” which
Main character “Grandmother”
After having an accident the elusive criminal The Misfit incidentally passes by their location. Being recognized as The Misfit by the grandmother, he consequently starts killing her family with the help of two companions. Instead of begging for the lives of her son, her daughter-in-law or her grandchildren, the grandmother only tries to convince the criminal not to take her life. BUT….. Focusing on the grandmother’s conscience it becomes obvious that she shows two different sides. Although she actually wants to travel to Tennessee she appears to also be real worried about travelling to Florida because she has read about The Misfit being a fugitive murderer in that region. “[She] couldn’t answer to [her] conscience”(p.1) if she sent her own children near such danger.
So here she appeals to her conscience being a truly worried person thinking of her grandchildren and family. But this conscience especially seems to fade at the end of the story. As soon as she realizes that it is The Misfit who surrounds her, she seems to completely forget her family members also being in danger. The grandmother only is interested in saving her own life by trying to convince the criminal not to shoot a lady like she was. a dual personality concerning her attitude towards different persons in diverse situations.
The reoccurring theme of being a lady and moral codes both are important to the overall concept of the story. In the piece, literary symbols are used to convey the overall theme of being a lady in the story. Specifically, the grandmother’s hat is a symbol. In the beginning of the story, she says that she wears the navy blue straw sailor hat with cloth violets on it only so people could identify that she is a lady in case she is lying dead in a ditch on the side of the road as a result of an automobile accident. The hat represents her selfishness and self-entitlement in regard to being a lady. When she describes the scene that perhaps she is in an automobile accident, she disregards the fact that her grandchildren, daughter in law and son would all also be in the automobile accident with her as well. When she does end up being in the accident when the car flips over, with herself at fault, she does not even admit it.
Pg. 712 grandmothers attire