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Who are the good characters in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

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Posted October 3, 2013 at 12:49 AM via web

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Who are the good characters in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM (Answer #1)

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It is arguable that none of the characters in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" are actually able to be classified as good. The Misfit and his gang are not good for obvious reasons. The grandmother tries telling The Misfit that he is a good man. The Misfit responds "Nome, I ain't a good man, . . . but I ain't the worst in the world neither". The mother and father in the story are not evil, but it is arguable if they are good. We don't really see much of their personalities. The father looses his temper when the children start complaining about not being able to see the house. The mother doesn't seem to have enough of a personality to be good or bad. She goes along with her husband to the end. The children are rude brats, also reflecting on the parents. The grandmother keeps commenting on goodness, but she shows her contradictory nature when criticising the children's lack of respect saying, "in my time, . . . children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then. Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!" 

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