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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," how does Flannery O’Connor characterize the grandmother in her conversation with the Misfit?

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In O'Conner's "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the grandmother speaks to the Misfit about good breeding, Jesus, and seeing good in a murderer during the final moments of her life and the lives of her family. She is characterized through most of the story as selfish because she would rather go to Tennessee than Florida, but she also wants her family to act as well-behaved as she believes herself to be.

As the grandmother speaks with the Misfit in the final moments of her family members' lives, she brings up the two good things in life that she knows about--her faith and her quality upbringing. It is interesting that she doesn't ask the men to spare the lives of her family, but she does ask for her own life because she's a "lady." It's as though the grandmother naively believes that if the Misfit can see that she is a good Christian and a lady of good breeding, then he will magically change his mind and not hurt her.

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