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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

by Flannery O’Connor

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What is the character of the grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

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The grandmother in O'Connor's classic story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" has a complicated and not always pleasant character. She lives with her son Bailey—but lectures him about how he should act (and how he should raise his kids). She is dishonest in small things (she sneaks the cat into the car). She's self-important, showing the family what they should pay attention to. She's nostalgic for the past, when people were nicer (she says). She's dishonest (she doesn't admit she remembered the house in the wrong state), and she's impulsive, blurting out who the Misfit is.


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