How do various revelations mark the development of "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?Does not have to be an extremely long answer; short answers are...

How do various revelations mark the development of "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

Does not have to be an extremely long answer; short answers are okay!:)

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What starts out as an innocent family vacation turns lethal in a terrifying turn of events in this outstanding short story by Flannery O'Connor. We learn in the first sentence that the grandmother does not want to go to Florida, but the family heads toward the Sunshine State anyway. Browsing the newspaper, she reads about an escaped serial killer named The Misfit, who is believed to heading to Florida himself. But no one pays heed to her. As they drive south, she remembers an old plantation that she had visited when younger that is right along the way. She knows that her son, who is driving, is in a hurry, so she concocts a story about a secret panel in the house to deliberately arouse her grandchildren's interest. Sure enough, to keep the kids quiet, the father agrees to detour.

But as the family drives down the old dirt road, a sudden thought strikes the grandmother. At the same moment, the father loses control of the car and crashes into a ditch beside the road. After the family recovers, the grandmother recalls what she was thinking just before the crash: The old plantation that didn't actually have the secret panel was in Tennessee, not Georgia.

Shortly, they see a car approach, and the family is happy at first, since they expect the people inside to assist them. But they discover shortly that it is a stolen car with none other than The Misfit inside, and they soon find that his killing spree is taking a new turn.

O'Connor builds one seemingly trivial discovery upon another until the reader realizes that a simple road trip undertaken by an average, unassuming family will eventually result in a most horrific end.

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