Why The Grandmother In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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In the short story A Good Man is Hard to Find the grandmother's attitude and mannerisms propose the question, is she a martyr or just trying to save her own skin? Throughout the story the grandmother rarely mentions her religion or spiritual beliefs until her conversation with the Misfit; and her manipulation of her family leads the reader to the conclusion that she is really just out to protect her own interests, eventually leading to her demise. The author did not intend for the grandmother to be a bad person and she is a decent human just brought up in an older setting therefore a bit more blunt and set in her ways. The one example of her dishonesty is seen just before the big car accident. When the house with the secret panel is mentioned "there was a secret panel…show more content…
Which leads into the next example that we see during the conversation between the grandmother and the Misfit just after Bailey and John Wesley disappear into the woods. It is clear from the gun shots that the boys have been killed, but the irony appears when the Misfit asks the mother if she would like to join her husband and son "yes, Thank you" (193) is her reply. Yet the grandmother is still begging for her life she has no concerns about the fact that her daughter and grandchild are being drug off into the woods and killed. This is appalling and the audience is taken aback for a moment, the mother goes with grace while the grandmother is still begging for her

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