A Good Man Is Hard And Find By Flannery O Connor Essays

718 Words Oct 26th, 2014 3 Pages
In many stories authors use side characters to portray certain ideas or concepts that they want to be presented in their stories. In the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O Connor, the characters John Wesley and June Star help us understand the idea of generational gap and disrespect to the older generations. Examples of this idea is costly brought up throughout the story and helps us as the reader understand the discrepancies between two very different generations.
From the beginning of the story were are introduced to family that are on a road trip going to Florida. The family consists of a Husband, wife theirs two children and the grandmother and immediately we are introduced to this concept of disrespect to the elderly. The grandmother explains to her son Bailey that instead of taking the children to Florida they should go to a wholesome southern state such as Tennessee. Upon hearing his grandmother John Wesley says “If you don’t want to go to Florida, why dontcha stay home?” and the other grandchild June Star says “She wouldn’t stay at home for a million bucks … Afraid that she’d miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.” This example shows clear disrespect to the grandmother and basically what she stands for. By June Star specifically saying that all the grandmother does is follow us she is basically implying that she has no other use and she is just trying to get involved with the families affairs. This idea is still prevalent to modern day…

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