Summary Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O Connor

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Submissive is defined as; “inclined or ready to submit or yield to the authority of another.” (Dictionary.com) This word could be used to describe the father Bailey in the short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor. Some could argue that the lack of dominance Bailey displayed eventually led up to the murdering of his entire family. A few examples that help display Bailey’s lack of dominance are: how he lets his mother walk all over him, how his children are defiant and disrespectful, and how Bailey didn’t try to fight for his family after it was known what the intentions of the Misfit were. From the beginning of the story, Bailey’s mother definitely has the dominance in the household. Bailey, instead of having the traditional …show more content…
Bailey, on the other hand, was more of a weaker man in this aspect. The reader can see this part of Bailey’s personality show throughout the story from the very beginning when he lets his mother revise their family trip to her accustoms, “You all ought to take them somewhere else for a change. . . . They never have been to east Tennessee” (2). Continued through the story, Bailey didn’t really display a dominance in controlling his children’s attitude and behavioral issues. These behavior issues can be seen when Bailey has an anger outrage in the car with him yelling, “All right[!] . . . . Will you all shut up? Will you all just shut up for one second? (8). Another example of Bailey not being very dominant as well as not protecting his family is when the Misfit came and it was apparent that they weren’t going to get out of the situation alive. When the grandmother began to try to talk the Misfit out of doing something harmful, Bailey yelled, “Hush[!] . . . . Hush[!] Everybody shut up and let me handle this!” (12) Then when the other two men started to lead Bailey and John Wesley away into the woods, Bailey didn’t try to fight his way out or try to get away from the men. It was apparent that Bailey seemed to be scared and wasn’t sure what to do. Instead of calling to his wife or daughter, Bailey yelled to his mother, “I’ll be back in a minute, Mamma, wait on me!” (12). This lack of dominance that Bailey displayed could be argued that it was the causing factor that eventually led up to his family being

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