A Good Man Is Hard To Find Conflict

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find Flannery O’Connor In Flannery O’Connor’s [“]A Good Man is Hard to Find,[“] there exist the characters whose motivation or personal desires conflict with their responsibilities. This paper will focus on one specific character in the text and this is [For example,] the grandmother who undertakes to convince her son, Bailey, and his wife to take their family to a vacation in East Tennessee rather than Florida. The story revolves around the mistakes of the grandmother in leading her family to the woods in a wild goose chase in rural Georgia in search of the site of her girlhood homestead. The grandmother inadvertently causes the deaths of his son, Bailey and his family by bringing them into the hands of a tortured …show more content…
The Misfit has a criminal past well-known to the public for his violent and wanton killing. However, The Misfit represents a significant focal point for moral and spiritual guidance given that he demonstrates deep conviction that the other characters such as the grandmother lack. The grandmother assumes that she is morally superior to every other person, however, the Misfit doesn’t consider himself morally superior as he seriously questions the meaning of life and his role in it. Given his criminal past, the Misfit carefully considers his actions in life and repeatedly examines his experiences to find lessons within them as evident in his decision to rename himself due to one of this …show more content…
The grandmother elusively applies the label of a good man to Red Sammy after he furiously grumbles of the general untrustworthiness of people. The grandmother attaches the definition of good to include the gullibility, poor judgment, and blind faith of the individuals that swindled Red Sammy. In addition, the elusiveness of a good man is evident in the grandmother’s decision to label the Misfit a good man in light of her criminal past creates a conflict of morals. Thus, the grandmother’s malevolent application of the label “good man” reveals that “good” doesn’t necessarily infer “moral” or “kind” but only when such a man’s values are aligned with her own. The grandmother’s hat is another literary symbol that the grandmother uses to symbolize her as a lady and this represents her misguided moral code. The only thing that matters for the grandmother is her societal standing as a lady which an outlandish assertion reflected in her flimsy moral conviction and selfishness that later falls apart as her hat falls off and her self-conception as a lady scatters apart. The grandmother’s elusive definition of a good man thus clearly indicates that a good man is indeed hard to

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