Stereotypes In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Improved Essays
In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O’Connor takes the reader on an adventure across the state of Georgia with a disconnected family who is headed to Florida for a family vacation. The story begins with the grandmother is trying to get her son, Bailey, to change his mind and go to Tennessee instead, when she reads a newspaper article about a prison escapee, she begins to try to lay a guilt trip on Bailey but this tactic does not work and the family begins their journey to Florida anyway. By letting the reader in the car with the family, O’Connor allows the audience to get an up close look and experience the events that take place and lead up to the unfortunate situation that the family finds themselves in. From beginning to the …show more content…
Bailey is the one that decides that the family is going to go to Florida and not Tennessee for their vacation, he is also the one that gets to decide if they go to the old house. Another stereotype that the author give to Bailey is that he is the one that tries to control situations that come up, for example after the family wrecks their car and the Misfit approaches them Bailey tries to take control of the situation by saying to his family “Hush!...Hush! Everybody shut up and let me handle this” (O’Conner 414). Traditional roles do not escape the children either, John Wesley is shown to be the aggressor in the story, when the grandmother asks him what he would do if he would unfortunately meet up with the Misfit his reply is “ I’d smack his face” (405). Even when riding in the car on the way to Florida John Wesley show aggression when he begins kicking the backseat of the car as a way to get his father to agree to go to the old plantation home that grandmother has been talking about. Throughout the story the little boy never shows either his grandmother, his parents, an even the Misfit no real respect he even has a distain for losing to his sister in a game that they made up in the car, these are examples of how some men in this time period believe they could behave. The idea that they could have no respect for anyone or losing to a girl was beneath them in some was a mindset that was prevalent in that time

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    n the short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" the exposition begins with the grandmother bringing attention to an article about a gentleman who calls himself the Misfit and has escaped the penitentiary. The grandmother’s motive is to allure her son from wanting to travel to Florida by telling him the Misfit is headed that way and is causing harm to people. The grandmother wants to go east to Tennessee to show the children something different. Both children John Wesley and June Star think this is a brilliant idea. The family begins their travels east to Tennessee all packed tightly in their automobile.…

    • 763 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The story “Fiesta,1980” shows us that the main character Yunior gets sick every time he rides in his father’s new Volkswagen van, somehow the upholstery was doing something to Yunior’s mind during the car ride. The author Junot Diaz shows us that the father is a controlling person when it comes to his family following his rules that he has put in place. The father does not show any positive emotions towards Yunior unless it was to see if Yunior was feeling better or if he was getting used to the car rides. Yunior’s dad is trying to create what seems to look like a happy family on the outside, but on the inside the kids are scared, mom and dad are fighting, dad is having an affair. What would cause the father to be so aggressive towards…

    • 779 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Literary Analysis of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” In her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Conner uses many literary devices to tell a fictional tale of a horrid family who sets out on a road trip to Florida like they had many times before. Only this time they have a run-in with an escaped convict who is in conflict with his predetermined fate. Ultimately, he will be the one who teaches the family a life lesson. One theme of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is to expose the very ugliness of human nature and the degradation of society over time. The theme is supported through characterization and plot by presenting the questionable morality of the characters actions in this short story.…

    • 1194 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    When Johnny asks about his own parents, Dally says his father pays no attention to whether he is “‘in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter’” (88). His parents are neglectful, but he seems to not care about it. Johnny’s parents are also neglectful, but he still wants them to care. His father beats him, but he says he likes that more than when his mother yells at him. Although Ponyboy says that “you could hear her yelling clear down at our house,” (12), Johnny would rather his father hit him: at least when that happens, he explains, he knows that his father is aware that he is there.…

    • 1228 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The narrative voice of Junot Diaz "Drown" depicts on how the protagonist has a collective amount of strained relationships who are physically and mentally drowning him. Having no father, to selling illegal substances in order to help his mother pay the phone and cable bill to address his engagement of homosexual activities with his former best friend Beto. The argument the protagonist illustrates indicates how it's preventing him from achieving success. The antagonist (Beto) distinguished everything he hated about the neighborhood to put everything in perspective for the narrator in which he "needed to learn how to walk the world he told me. There's a lot more out there."…

    • 1126 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In Flannery O 'Connor 's short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” a grandmother and her son 's family decide to take a roadtrip to Florida. During their journey, the family encounters a few mishaps that prevent them from having a successful trip. Unfortunately, they run into a group of convicts, the leader being The Misfit who decides to kill the whole family. With the use of textual evidence, it can be argued that it is the grandmas fault that her whole family, including herself, is killed by the Misfit and his gang. The grandma makes multiple mistakes throughout the story which can be directly related to the death of her family.…

    • 833 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    A Good Man Is Hard To Find

    • 1157 Words
    • 5 Pages

    The story “A Good Man is Hard to Find:” by Flannery O 'Connor is about a dysfunctional family of four who decides to go on a family vacation. The family of four is accompanied by their opinionated and unwanted grandmother and her cat Pitty Sing. Throughout their drive a series of unfortunate events occur leading to the death of the family. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” leads readers to believe that the chain of circumstances within the family 's lives are due to the disconnected relationships that they have. Each family member plays and important role and contributes to the outcome of this story.…

    • 1157 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Grandmother's Redemption

    • 252 Words
    • 2 Pages

    In my essay, I plan on discussing the Grandmother’s need for redemption in “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”. The Grandmother, at the beginning at the story, wishes to visit east Tennessee rather than go to Florida due to a convict named The Misfit was on the run. The Grandmother loses and the family starts on their journey to Florida. During the journey, the Grandmother inadvertently causes an accident which attracts the attention of three males who happened to have been driving by. The Grandmother recognizes one of the males as being The Misfit.…

    • 252 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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.…

    • 718 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    With over seven billion people in the world you would think that finding a good man would not be so difficult. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor tells the story of a family (grandmother, father, mother, and two kids) on their way to Florida from Georgia run into a rather unfortunate event in their trip that was in no way planned as a “road stop”. O’Connor tells this short story through the use of a third person narrative. The main character that the story singles out the most is the Granny. The following essay will review the author’s story through a critical analysis approach by analyzing the main points while also interpreting both the good (setting, plot development that resembles a horror theme), and bad (no definite resolution)…

    • 1418 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays