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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

by Flannery O’Connor
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Why does the grandmother dress so nicely for the trip?

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The grandmother dresses nicely for the trip to illustrate for the reader her 'breeding'. She is supposed to be a 'good woman' and evidence of this is that she knows to dress up for taking a trip. Of course, in the story it becomes clear that she really isn't a good woman and therefore her attention to detail and being a lady becomes ironic.

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