“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is the prime example of a southern family vacation gone wrong. The Character flaws of the grandmother, children, and Bailey when combined caused the family to crash from the highway and have a run in with the epitome of evil, The Misfit. After the entire family is done away with by The Misfit’s gang members, the grandmother is left to face reality alone. Her fragile and previously wandering mind is soon brought back to the realization that she is in fact the same as The Misfit. Flannery O’Connor was able to covey her defining of a good man through irony, religious undertones, and symbolism.
Irony can be found all throughout “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Character irony can be greatly seen
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As The Misfit and the grandmother are talking she is telling him things such as “Pray, pray” and “You could be honest too if you‘d only try” (O’Connor 377). After killing the rest of the family only the grandmother. “You’ve got good blood! I know you wouldn’t shoot a lady! I know you came from nice people! Pray! Jesus, you ought not shoot a lady. I’ll give you all the money I’ve got!” (O’Connor 378). “The story’s final encounter with The Misfit is one in which this argument culminates in a dialectial synthesis of the mean- as in petty-- Grandmother, and the mean—as in cruel—Misfit. Together they find moral good and valuable meaning beyond the world of goods and means.” (Link) As the grandmother identifies herself as the same as The Misfit through religion which startles him and causes him to murder the grandmother.
“She would have been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” (O’Connor 379).
“This quotation, at the end of the story, reveals the Misfit’s understanding of what has occurred in the grandmother’s final moments, and he seems to recognize two things about her. First, he fully understands that despite her obvious belief in her moral superiority—which she conveys through her self-proclaimed identification as a “lady” and religious instruction—the grandmother is not, in fact, a good woman. She is flawed and weak, and her age grants her no