Why are some of the characters in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" unnamed?

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It is notable that the majority of the characters in Flannery O'Connor's short story that do not have names are women. The grandmother is sometimes called the old lady, but she has no first name or surname. The same is true of her son Bailey's wife, who is sometimes called "the children's mother." Red Sammy's wife is identified in no other way than as the marital appendage of the proprietor of The Tower. The baby that belongs to Bailey and his wife also has no name.

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 5, 2020