A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," why is the grandmother dressed so nicely for the trip? What does that tell about her character?  

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In Flannery O'Connor's story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the grandmother is concerned with appearances. She cares about how the children act and how she is dressed. Before they leave for their trip, she says she needs to dress nicely in case she has an accident and someone finds her on the side of the road. They will know she is a lady by the way she is dressed. She wants people to know that she is a lady or a "good woman." The notion of being a good woman or a good man is very important to the grandmother. Being 'good' means not being low class or crude. It also means being religious and moral. Therefore, the grandmother cares that people know she is all of these things and dressing the part will reflect that. Her dress, then, reveals her character in her mind.

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