“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connner, is a story about a family, who, is heads on a family trip. However, after a car accident, they end up on a dirt road and ultimately lose their lives to a prison escapee, the Misfit. The grandmother, who doesn’t have a name, is a prominent character in this story. She feels that she is superior, morally, to the other people. It was also very easy for her to pass judgments about everyone, except herself, and she is also deceitful and selfish. It is only at the very end of the story, that she has the realization that she isn’t as perfect as everyone else, but it is too late.
As the story begins, the family on their way to Florida on a family trip. However, the Grandmother doesn’t want to go Folrida, she wants to go Tennessee to visit her “family connections. This is where you first see her deceitful and selfish ways. As she is reading the paper, she tells the family of this criminal, the Misfit, who is headed to Florida. She begins to try and change her sons mind about going to Florida. “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.” (O’Conner, 1953) Although, the Misfit has escaped, it makes you think is she looking out for the best interest for her family of just herself, because she only wants to go to Tennessee. She also states that the children have been to Florida before and tries to say that they need to “… see different parts of the world and be broad. They never have been to east Tennessee.” (O’Conner, 1953)
Another place where she shows deceit and selfishness is when they are riding and she begins to talk about an old house that she remembered in the neighborhood they were driving through. She begins to describe it. She already knew that Bailey, her son, would not even think twice about stopping. To try to change his mind, she begins to tell the children that the house had secret panels in it and that...