Unable to pull strings a alteration in the household ‘s finish, the grandma still goes along. When it is clip to go forth on the trip, the grandma continues with her jokes by mousing the cat along. She knows good and good that her boy did non desire the cat to travel. But, by being first in the auto, she is able to conceal him in a basket and topographic points it near her pess.
O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man Is Difficult to Find. ” Literature ; Reading Fiction, Poetry,
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Upon settling for going, it is celebrated how the girl in jurisprudence is still dressed in her apparels from the old twenty-four hours. The grandma, nevertheless, has taken particular attention to dress up and is shown in contrast to her girl in jurisprudence for a particular ground. O’Connor creates a drawn-out description of what grandmother is have oning to go in and why she is have oning:
a navy bluish straw crewman chapeau with a clump of white violets on the lip and a navy blue
with a little white point in the print. Her neckbands and turnups were white organdie trimmed
with lacing and at her neckline she had pinned a violet spray of cloth violets incorporating a
sachet. In instance of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the main road would cognize at
one time that she was a lady ( 194 ) .
The grandma exhibits a inclination to desire to be in charge of the others. An illustration of her control issues are when she warns her boy, while he is driving, of the velocity bound. She reminds her adult up boy, as if he does n’t cognize how the constabulary hide out to seek and catch hurrying automobilists. Besides, alternatively of allowing the parents handle their kids, she is the 1 who gets onto the kids when they speak disrespectful. She does it once more when the kids want to throw their rubbish out the window.
O’Connor introduces a subject of misgiving, every bit good as the rubric of the narrative when the household makes a pit halt for sandwiches. A conversation takes topographic point between the going household and Red Sammy and his married woman, who are the proprietors of the Tower. Red Sam relays an incident of how he allowed himself to be taken by some aliens. Speaking of misgiving, the conversation turns to, The Misfit. Red Sam ‘s married woman, who does non swear anyone, says I would n’t be a spot surprised if he did n’t attact this topographic point right here ” ( 196 ) . When they are all finished reminiscing about the good old yearss, when you could truly swear people, the household continues on down the route.
When the lifting action starts to happen, O’Connor adds in a touch of wit. The grandma starts to retrieve a plantation house that she went to when she was much younger. As she starts to tell the description of the house, she realizes how much she would wish to see it once more. Already knowing, that her boy will non halt once more to travel see it, she fibs to the kids. She contrives with them in order to acquire their male parent to take them where she wants to travel. She tells them There was a secret panel in this house ” and aˆ¦that all the household Ag was hidden in itaˆ¦ ” ( 197 ) . Once the kids throw a tantrum to travel see it, she besides plays her boy by stating It would be really educational for them ” ( 197 ) . Her program eventually works and the boy gives in. He agrees to drive down the soil route where house is located.
The action continues to lift as the grandma faces the moral quandary of her ain devising. She realizes the plantation house is located in Tennessee and they are in Georgia. Her craftiness begins to be exposed when she accidently kicks the basket that holds the concealed cat. As a effect of her concealing the cat, her boy now has an accident and her girl in jurisprudence is hurt. She once more withholds the truth and does non state that the remembered plantation house is in Tennessee.
At this point, O’Connor begins to transition the scene through imagination, which allows for the lifting action to ascent. She describes the forests along the soil route as being tall and dark and deep ” ( 198 ) . She adds a touch of ghostliness, when the household sees a auto coming towards them. O’Connor conveys it as coming easy as if the residents were watching them ” ( 199 ) . She besides illustrates impending decease with the approaching auto, It was a large black battered hearse-like car. There were three work forces in it ” ( 199 ) . She used word construction towards darkness to construct in tenseness.
Once the auto Michigan, the work forces get out of the auto and have guns with them. The guns are another tenseness builder. The grandma recognizes holding seen the driver before but can non instantly remember where. Ironically, it is The Misfit, who corrects the grandma on the sum of the times she said their auto turned over during the accident. He watched the accident happen and he knows the truth. The kids are doing the Misfit nervous, adding more tenseness because he is besides transporting a gun. The tenseness reaches the point of flood tide when the grandma right identifies the driver out loud as, The Misfit.
The falling action is upseting when the household characters become dynamic through their slaying ‘s, except for the cat. The reader knows indirectly that both the male parent and boy dice when O’Connor writes, There was a handgun shooting from the forests, followed closely by another. Then silence ( 201 ) ” . The action continues to fall when the female parent, the babe and her small girl travel to fall in them in the forests. Meanwhile, the grandma is unable to convert the Misfit to allow her unrecorded in malice of her use and brings up Jesus and supplication. At the precise minute she sees herself as misfit, adequate to be his ain female parent, she reaches out to him and he shoots her three times.
O’Connor brings about the declaration when, The Misfit, kills the grandma. None of the grandma ‘s pretension, the outfit she wears, her manipulative ways or speech production of Jesus, salvage her life. In the eyes of a liquidator, the manipulative grandma is neither morally fit nor a lady. She merely becomes honest with whom she truly is when a gun is indicating at her. She would hold been a good adult female, ” The Misfit said, if it had been person at that place to hit her every minute of her life ” ( 203 ) .
If one can step aside from slayings that take topographic point, O’Connor makes this narrative easy to associate to. Most households take at least one traditional household holiday that includes taking grandmother. Some readers may besides acknowledge the jokes of a manipulative relation by holding one. For others, this narrative may be a world cheque of our ain moral behaviour. At some point, we may be forced into seeing our ain misfit behaviour. We all face our ain moral main road entirely.