In Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find," why do you think O'Connor made the children so obnoxious? Would the result have been different had she characterized them differently?

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It is quite possible that the children and their behavior in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" are, in part, responsible for the story's outcome.

There is no question that the youngsters are obnoxious. When the grandmother tries to convince her son to change the location of their vacation the night before they leave, John Wesley (her grandson) tells the older woman:

If you don't want to go to Florida, why dontcha stay at home?

June Star, the boy's sister, is equally nasty and disrespectful:

She wouldn't stay home for a million bucks...Afraid she'd miss something. She has to go everywhere we go.

The grandmother never stops talking, but neither do the children. The older woman chatters on incessantly and even tells her son how to drive. John Wesley criticizes Tennessee as a "hillbilly dumping ground." They are all childish as they argue back and forth. The commentary taking place in the back of the car creates a tense and anxious mood. It is increased when the children begin to...

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