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Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:54 AM (Answer #1)
In Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" she uses characterization as one of the major elements to build interest in the story's content. The grandmother is the character that is most heavily focused on. The story starts out with the family preparing to take a trip to Florida. However, it is stated that the grandmother did not want to go to Florida but instead wanted to "visit some of her connections in east Tennessee". Therefore, she tried at every opportunity to change Bailey's mind. She starts by appealing to his sense of safety and scarring him out of the idea of Florida. She mentions how "this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Prison and headed toward Florida". She then tries to make him feel guilty for putting his children in danger. Then she appeals to the mother's sense of raising the children, hoping that she will change Bailey's mind.
In this way the grandmother is shown to be manipulative and self serving. She is not as much concerned for the safety or proper upbringing of the children as she is in being allowed to visit her "connections".