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A Good Man Is Hard To Find By O’Connor


The story was first circulated in an anthology in 1953 because of the anthology; O’Connor was known for such work. In this story, people who work outside of their homes have suffered certain problems and survive through different aspects of life. It will be extremely difficult for the single parent to take care of the young and adult children. Every child needs the male person to have the safety and strict hand on their back so that they won’t be ruined. Even among very young children, evidence for the importance of the male caretaker is growing. Similarly, some people think that it’s a pessimistic story and inflexible because it will make it difficult to manipulate humans. However, certain people feel that it’s the funniest tale because it involves humans. But God has showered his blessings on humans and helps humans in every field of life. The author, Flannery O’Connor, has to shorten his trips because of her inadequate expenses and illness. Certain detractors have found in the newspapers to O’Conner’s tale that certain killers have killed the entire family during the 1950’s. There is Red Sammy Butts, who is another detractor who returned to his hometown on his birthday that was arranged by the traders. The biggest pinnacle of the tale is the receiving of the gift from the grandmother just before her death.


The grandmother’s self-importance and attitude were considered as one of the biggest climaxes of this story. The grandmother usually tries to frighten the grandchildren of the escaped murderers to go to Tennessee rather than Florida, but all the time, she receives disrespect and anger from them. One day, the grandmother requested her daughter-in-law, who is a dull young woman with an innocent face, to try to convince Bailey (Grandchildren) to go to Tennessee rather than Florida because the other children had not visited Tennessee. The children’s mother was also very vocal because of Bailey’s behaviour towards the grandmother, which is characteristic of the entire family. Entire family leaves for Tennessee, when they were about to leave Bailey rustles the family cat Pity Sing and almost cried in fear that, he will be missing her too much as compared to the others. From the car, which was about to leave, Grandmother made certain comments which are still considered one of the biggest mysteries. The grandmother talks in a hilarious manner and has a lot of fun with the children during the trip. Before that, a young boy, June Star, made a mocking remark when the car stopped and the family had lunch at the old place. The owner of the diner is Red Sammy Butts. After lunch, the children started to quarrel with each other, but the mother told the children about the secret house near the road.  Red Sammy Butts and his wife also worried about the problem again and started to think about the children because of the situation that had been created. The grandmother tumbled asleep after departing the restaurant from where the episode occurred, which instigated her along with the other family members. However, the family suffered a jolting accident, and all of the family died, and only the cat survived (O’Connor 65). The accident occurred on the roadside when the whole family was caught by the three men who had guns in their hands. The grandmother, because of her witty nature, talks with the misfit (the head of the three gunmen). The other two gunmen took two of the children into the woods and killed them with the ring of the gun. After killing the young children, the gunmen returned back and took the child’s mother, her youngest baby, and June Star into the woods for the similar tenacity of killing them. At last, they took the grandmother, and she started pleading for mercy and also used religion in order to escape from death, but it became totally ineffective, which made the gunmen annoyed and angry. As a result, they murdered the grandmother, too.


In the end, one can say that Bailey’s poverty is the responsibility of the grandmother. However, this little interpretation cannot evaluate O’Connor’s mystical or spiritual interpretation of events that detect the allusions of eternal life. While most of O’Connor’s (Quinn 528) short stories work on fiction demands her work not to be questioned. In his stories, she believes in self-confidence, but most of the time, it has been ruined by the jolting incidents or events. These folks are fetched to the catastrophic point in their lives when they see their assurance was severely shaken. However, most of the time, O’Connor took violence to stimulate others to the deficiencies of life.  In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” O’Connor described in a likeness part “A Reasonable Use of the Unreasonable,” published in 1969, the ferocity of his difficult characters, such as his grandmother during the loveliness. Meanwhile, O’Connor’s biggest apprehension about the making of Christian narratives leads to the identification of the elementary problem. There will not be every interpretation that will be used for the judgment of the grandmother. The South is something to ignore or remember with distorted nostalgia such that the gunmen were not brought to the death of grace.

Works Cited

O’Connor, Flannery. A good man is hard to find. New English Library, 1962.

Quinn, John Joseph. “A Reading of Flannery O’Connor.” Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 48.4 (1973): 520-531.



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