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

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What are some similarities between the Misfit and the grandmother in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"?

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Both the Misfit and the grandmother have questionable moral compasses. For the grandmother, the thing that matters most is that one be a "good man" or act like a "lady." For example, her daughter-in-law is not even named in the story; she is described as "a young woman in slacks," and, later, she "still had on slacks," as though the grandmother finds this choice of apparel inappropriate and distasteful in a woman because it isn't ladylike. The grandmother herself wears a sailor hat and "navy blue dress" for a long car ride because, "In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady." These are her priorities. However, she is a terrible racist, using slurs and making assumptions about black people that are dismissive and condescending. She is also terribly selfish, pressuring her son to go where she wants to go, sneaking her cat into the car, and even lying to cover up her own mistake when she realizes she has directed them awry. She...

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