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by Flannery O’Connor

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What is the grandmother’s conflict in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"?

The grandmother's conflict in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is with society. She dislikes modern values and believes that people are less nice, less trustworthy, and less honorable than they used to be. She continues to act like "a lady" and take pride in the status that this used to confer. In the end, however, her adherence to flawed "traditional" values helps lead to her downfall.

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The grandmother's main conflict in the story is with society. She is unhappy with the way men and women act, and she idealizes the past when she believes that men acted like honorable and honest gentlemen and women acted like ladies. In contrast with her memories, her son Bailey is rude and gruff toward her and her daughter-in-law. "The children's mother" is described as a "young woman in slacks" (as though wearing slacks is a criminal offense). In fact, she wears slacks again when the family...

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