The unstable Grandmother in A Good Man is Hard to Find
Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find is a short story of a grandmother that fits into the Southern Gothic tradition.
The grandmother touched him on the shoulder. The Misfit jumped back as if a snake had bitten him and shot her three times through the chest. This is a story of a family’s vacation that was tragically ended by a murderer and his gang after an interfering Mother/Mother-In-Law/Grandmother tries to insist that the family not to go to Florida but go to Tennessee instead. It was in fact her own reinforcement that prompted the family to stray from the main path in search of some false Misfit. There were hints to the reader at the beginning of the story, that while on their vacation to Florida the family is destined to cross lost treasure. This decision was a deadly one. It caused the family to fall into the path of the Misfit. For example, “There is an inmate fellow that escaped from Federal Pen and headed toward Florida. They call him the Misfit.
The grandmother states in her own words, “I wouldn’t take my grandchildren in any direction with a criminal like that a loose on it. I would not be able answer my conscience if I did.” She is too paranoid. She tries to control her son by trying to convince him to go on a vacation to Tennessee instead of Florida. On their way she brings her cat along she makes all kinds of excuse why the cat can’t stay at home. Also the grandmother goes to great lengths to dress in her best clothes. Another example of Southern Gothic. Grandmother remembers a plantation and tells the grand children there is a treasure there. The children get really excited and wild till their dad turns the car around and goes down the dirt road.
After going down the dirt road Grandmother remembers that the plantation is in another state. (O’Connor 2010, p.258). They end up in an accident on this long bumpy dirt road. And they run into the Misfit...