Analysis Of Flannery O ' Connor 's A Good Man Is Hard Essay

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Doing Manipulation the Wrong Way: An Analysis of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
Flannery O 'Connor 's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" has been critiqued over the past sixty years since its first release in 1953. It is the story of a manipulative, unnamed grandmother whose personality led to the demise of her entire family on their vacation to Florida. She endeavored to manipulate her family to vacation in Tennessee, and attempted to manipulate The Misfit into not hurting or killing her, in which, she failed both. The grandmother 's form of manipulation is mostly through persuasion, but also at her last attempt, through an act to fool The Misfit. Her manipulation starts in the beginning of the story and it does not stop until the end with her death.
This sort of behavior is understandable: an elderly woman grasping for any reason to persuade the family to vacation in her beloved Tennessee rather than Florida. In the opening paragraph of the text, it reads, "She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing every chance to change Bailey 's mind" (373). Throughout the drive, the grandmother tells stories to the two children, John Wesley and June Star, about the scenery of the road trip, all of it focusing on Southern themes: mountains, red clay banks, crops, a cotton field, and a plantation to name a few. She told the children a story about a courter from Jasper, Georgia. Tennessee and Georgia and the many states they traveled in between can…

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