A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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The characters in this story reinforces the view of man by stating everyone sins. Briefly, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” depicts the destruction of an altogether too normal family by three escaped convicts. The thematic climax of the story involves an offer of grace and the grandmother's acceptance of that gift as a result of the epiphany she experiences just before her death. The story starts with the decision to go to Tennessee or Florida Bailey fails to respond to her pressure, the grandmother attempts to get her daughter-in-law to help her convince Bailey to go to Tennessee rather than Florida because John Wesley and June Star, have not yet visited Tennessee. When the family leaves for Florida the next morning, the grandmother, against Bailey's express order forbidding it, smuggles the family cat, Pitty Sing, into the car with her because she fears it would miss her too much, or that it would accidentally asphyxiate itself if left behind. The cat does survive; ironically, however, it is responsible for the auto accident which leads to the family's death, and, contrary to the grandmother's view of her importance to the cat, it befriends the man who murders the entire family. (Landsman, Moshe. “A good man is hard to find.” PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 54, no. 14, 2009, doi:10.1037/a0014620.)…show more content…
The grandmother, dressed so that "in case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady," carefully writes down the mileage of the car in anticipation of her return home. A joyous car ride is just the beginning of the adventure the family is on. As the family passes by the momentous statues the grandmother points out the colorful scenery of Stone Mountain, various crops, and how the trees sparkled from the sunlight. Everything seems almost
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