Character analysis in “AGood Man is Hard to Find”
O’Connor’s “A Good Manis hard to Find” revolves around a family going on vacation inFlorida. The main and supporting characters are fascinating tohighlight human weaknesses.
The grandmother poses as aself-righteous person. She dresses for vacation and the authorobserves that “people would know she was a lady” (O’Connor368). However, she is insincere, judgmental and selfish. On the wayto Florida, she said that ‘blacks do not have things like us’(O’Connor 368). When cornered by the Misfit, she isconcerned about saving herself and not her family when she said “youwouldn’t kill a lady…” (374). Also, it can be seen that herdomineering nature pushed those close to her to please her. Shepushed her family to go to Tennessee only to realize she had misledthem as they were to head to Georgia and vows not to tell anyone. O’Connor criticizes insincerity and pushy behaviors.
Unlike the grandmother, TheMisfit is firm and once he makes up his mind to kill the grandmotherhe does not think twice. He is sincere as he tells the grandmother,“I am not a good man…” (O’Connor 374). Being respectful, headdresses the grandmother as ma’am. Bailey is easily manipulatedand as head of the family, he has lost control and will do anythingto please his mother and children. He gives in to the pressure andhad the family head to Tennessee instead of Florida. Clearly all thecharacters have some flaws to highlight major human weaknesses. WhileBailey is cowardly, his wife is submissive. They could not save theirfamily from the domineering grandmother.
The Misfit who is seen to be avillain is principled and this is an attribute of a good man. On theother hand, the grandmother and her son are pretentious. They canhardly be praised and neither can they be described as good people.
O`Connor, F.,Gavin, M., & Blackstone Audio, Inc. Agood man is hard to find and other stories.Ashland, Or.: Blackstone Audio. 2010. Print.