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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

by Flannery O’Connor
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Who is a protagonist in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"?

The protagonist of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is the unnamed grandmother. The grandmother undergoes a significant transformation over the course of the story, transitioning from a self-absorbed, proud woman to one who can extend love and acceptance to the Misfit at the end. 

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In Flannery O'Connor's celebrated short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the unnamed grandmother is considered the protagonist and is the central figure of the story. The grandmother is the focus of the narrative, and O'Connor explores her dramatic transformation when she experiences an epiphany...

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In Flannery O'Connor's celebrated short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the unnamed grandmother is considered the protagonist and is the central figure of the story. The grandmother is the focus of the narrative, and O'Connor explores her dramatic transformation when she experiences an epiphany at the end of the story. Bailey's mother is depicted as a self-absorbed, manipulative woman who is rather superficial and judgmental. She lies several times and subscribes to the traditional values of the Old South, believing that she can properly identify good people from bad according to her standards. The grandmother also considers herself to be morally superior to others and believes that she will be able to sway the Misfit's feelings.

The Misfit is the story's antagonist, who does not abide by any morals and simply does as he pleases. He is a callous, complex individual who casually murders Bailey's entire family and contemplates his humanity before shooting the grandmother. During the climax of the story, the grandmother attempts to petition the Misfit to let her live by appealing to God and encouraging him to accept her rigid belief system. However, the grandmother experiences an epiphany during the tense life-and-death situation when she acknowledges the Misfit's humanity by reaching out to him as if he were her son. The grandmother finds redemption moments before dying by extending herself to a fellow human in a gesture of love and acceptance.

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