Is the grandmother’s gothic tradition to blame for the families horrific way of death? In the story “A good man is hard to find,” the grandmother had a mean mercenary about her. She seemed self-centered even while trying to act Christian like. Knowing that the Misfit had broken out of jail she was still willing to make unnecessary stops, like the plantation. She told the kids about that there was a house that was called the old plantation that had a secret panel with hidden silver inside of it DiYanni, 2007, p. 205. She knew this would entice the kids to want to see it, especially John Wesley, her grandson. Also, the grandmother brought along the black cat that caused Bailey to lose control of the car and get into an accident. She refused to leave the cat behind so she brought it along without the family knowing. This was another self-centered move on her part.
The grandmother portrayed herself as a spiritual person. However, it was a dark spirit she carried out, the gothic tradition, due to the things she said. For instance, telling the family that the misfits had broken out of jail before they left to go on there trip was a devious, yet evil way of putting a curse on the family just to get her way. This curse caused the whole family to die. Another way that the grandmother shows her darkness is her eagerness to see the plantation. This brought back memories for her and wanting the kids to actually see this stating that it would be educational for them (DiYanni, 2007, p. 206). She completely convinces her son Bailey to drive down this dark dirt road then realizes the plantation was in totally different state and chose not to say anything is another example of her evil mind.