Mistakes In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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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. The grandma 's first mistake happens before they even encounter the Misfit, and it is when she brings her pet …show more content…
Since the family got into a car accident and were trapped on the side of the road, The Misfit and his gang approached them. The narrator says, “The grandma shrieked. She scrambled to her feet and stood staring. “You 're The Misfit!” She said. “I recognized you at once!” (O’Connor 413). The reader can conclude the grandma made a huge mistake calling out The Misfit because he says, “...it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn 't of reckernized me” (O’Connor 413). By saying this, the grandma put her family in more danger than they were already in before. One by one the whole family is shot by The Misfits gang in the woods. When the grandma was left with The Misfit she tried to connect with him. She told him, “I know you 're a good man” and “I know you come from nice people!” (O’Connor 413). She even asked him questions like “Do you ever pray”, and tried convincing him “Jesus would help [him]” (O’Connor 415-416). After chatting with The Misfit, it wasn 't until the grandma made the mistake of saying “Why you 're one of my babies. You 're one of my own children!” that triggered him to shoot her. The grandma made the mistake of getting too personal with The Misfit, which caused him to become startled and kill her. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, the grandma ruins her family 's trip to Florida because she is constantly making mistakes. The pit stop at the old plantation, the cat 's appearance, and the car accident are all bad situations the grandma puts her family in. These mistakes all lead her family to their encounter with The Misfit. With the help of the grandmas conversations with The Misfit, all her mistakes eventually resulted to her family death. Therefore, the grandma can blamed for the death of her whole family on their road trip to

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