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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find" how does the grandmother affect Bailey's life?Meaning...

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jbraddock14 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2012 at 7:02 AM via web

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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find" how does the grandmother affect Bailey's life?

Meaning the way he acted towards her and his family.

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Bailey, the son of the unnamed Grandmother in O'Conner's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a relatively flat character in the story.  He allows his wife and children to take advantage of him, and he allows his grandmother to boss him around. 

When he gives in to his mother's demand to detour from their trip to see her childhood home, he is unwittingly making a decision that will lead to the death of his entire family.  It turns out, too late, that the home she was looking for was in Tennessee, not in Georgia where they are driving; however, it is too late.  She has pushed him around  his whole life, and this final pushed them into an escaped criminal (known as Misfit) who, along with his group, shoots each member of the family including the henpecked Bailey and his bossy mother.

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