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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

by Flannery O’Connor
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Find examples of exposition in the story. Then based on what you learn, write a sentence that provides some background information about the grandmother. Repeat this process for Bailey and The Misfit so you have three sentences total.

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Exposition is a literary device that provides background information in a piece of writing. In this instance, you are looking for background information on three characters in Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

In this short story, the first paragraph provides background information about the Grandmother, Bailey, and The Misfit. The grandmother is unhappy about traveling with her son’s family because they are going to Florida. She would prefer to visit relatives in east Tennessee. As she complains about the trip her son, Bailey, reads the paper and ignores her. She speaks about the escaped convict known as The Misfit. She is afraid the family will run into him if they travel to Florida.

Using information from the exposition, you can write sentences about the characters.

Grandmother is a woman who states her negative opinions about the family’s travel plans before they leave on a trip to Florida.

Bailey, Grandmother’s adult son, ignores his mother’s complaints as he continues to read the paper knowing that he will not change his plans.

The Misfit is an escaped convict from the federal penitentiary who is believed to be traveling to Florida.

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