Explain the exposition, rising conflict, climax, and resolution for "A Good Man is Hard to Find".

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The exposition includes all of the information about the grandmother and her family. The rising conflict begins with “The next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go,” for here she sets herself and family up for the events that follow. It continues through Red Sammy saying, “A good man is hard to find,” and, briefly afterwards, when the grandmother demands that Bailey turn around to see the plantation she knew as a “young lady,”  and culminates when they have a flat tire. As soon as the men approach them, the story rises in tension, the conflict between the grandmother and Misfit—and all that each represents—sharpening as they interact.  The climax occurs when she says “why you’re one of my babies” and the Misfit “spr[i]ngs back as if a snake had bitten him” and then shoots her.  The resolution includes the men walking away, the Misfit looking “defenseless” and commenting that the grandmother “would have been a good woman,” powerfully ironic after Red Sammy’s statement earlier and within the context of the story’s title.

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