What is Family? Guy Lafleur once said “When trouble comes, it's your family that supports you.” This is a simple yet powerful quote that expresses what family is all about. If a person hits a low point in life, their family will always be the first one to pick them back up and brush them off. However, in the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, one does not see a supporting family, but a dysfunctional family or a family that does not seem to care about one another. Sadly, a tragic ending is inevitable when a family does not support one another. The lack of support leading up to a family’s demise is apparent in the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” as a result of the father not standing up for his family, the children acting heartless, and the grandmother only caring about her appearance. A jellyfish seems to have more of a spine than the father, Bailey, in this story. His cowardliness is the main cause of the family’s death in the end of the story. His entire family is stuck with a criminal, The Misfit, and his two henchmen, Hiram and Bobby Lee, near a dirt road that is not frequently traveled. Knowing that this criminal is going to have his entire family killed, Bailey does nothing. He does not try to compromise with The Misfit nor does he try to fight him. Rather, he lets himself and his son be pulled into the woods to be shot. O’Connor states, “Hiram pulled Bailey up by the arm as if he were assisting an old man. John Wesley caught hold of his father’s hand and Bobby Lee followed. They went off toward the woods” (O’Connor 96) Not once does Bailey attempt to escape or plead with The Misfit to save the children. He is a rag-doll, and the henchmen carried him along. Perhaps if Bailey did do something, then some of his family might have been spared. He could have fought the three fugitives while his family ran. His cowardice ultimately caused his family’s demise. However, it is not just Bailey’s cowardice that causes the demise, the children's apathetic nature plays a small role as well. The children are not only rude to others, but they do not care about anything. They do not seem to care that they are surrounded by three fugitives. Also, the daughter, June Star, does not seem to be bothered when her father and brother are pulled into the woods. However, what really shows the apathetic nature of these children is what was is remarked after the accident had happened. O’Connor mentions, “‘But Nobody’s killed.’ June Star said with disappointment” (O’Connor 67) They both seem elated that there was an accident and upset that nobody had died. The callous nature of these children shows just how detached this family is. Any family that cared for one another would be checking to make sure everyone is alright after an accident. If these children showed the slightest amount of emotion, things might have ended differently. The family would not be as detached, and they would be more closely knit and watch out for one another. Despite the fact that the father is a coward and the children are apathetic, the grandmother’s interest in her appearance is yet another reason for the family’s ending. Throughout the story the grandmother refers to herself as a lady. She…
NAME (primary client): Rosa Lee Cunningham
DATE OF BIRTH: October 7, 1936
CHRONOLOGICAL AGE: 52
DATE OF REPORT: 3/14/2012
Identifying Information: Rosa Lee is a feisty African American female who grew up poor on the fringes of a Capitol Hill neighborhood. Her parents were sharecroppers who had migrated to the city. Rosa Lee had eight children, six boys and two girls, over an 11 year stretch; she was 14 years old when she…
1950’s. O’Connor incorporates her style, themes, and point of view to tell a story of a family outing gone wrong. The story involves a grandmother, her only son and his wife, and their two bratty children, June Star and John Wesley. On their way to Florida, the grandmother convinces the family to detour to see an old plantation house, and while heading towards their destination, the car overturns and the family thinks they are rescued by a passerby until the grandmother recognizes him as the escaped…
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“He remembered something about that family with the names. What’s your whole name? he asked. Larry Lime Beacon of Time Reckoning Breathe on Me Nolan. He raised an eyebrow. They call me Larry Lime.” (pg. 6).
The author uses the fact that the Nolan family is recognized for having a specific trademark, which lets the reader know that reputations and family are well known in the town. Also, the frivolous name humanizes the character and makes the…
the gun that The Misfit carries to symbolize fear. Until the climax, the family was enjoying their road trip to Tennessee. When The Misfit, Hiram, and Bobby Lee arrive with their guns, the characters in the family slowly begin to show symptoms of fear. “There was a pistol shot from the woods, followed closely by another”, (O’Connor 63). Even though the characters remaining with The Misfit don’t directly see who Hiram and Bobby shot at that moment, they start to fear. The children’s mother begins to…
and the dangers of the outside world.
I. In the opening scenes of the story, O’Connor stresses the safety and security of the home.
a. The story begins with the family gathered together in a single room in the house. A sense of security arises from them all being together inside doing typical activities.
i. Stress is on simple family matters: mother feeding the baby, John Wesley and June Star sit on the floor reading the funnies, Bailey sits at the table reading the sports section of the paper…
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5. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later, before a trial could take place. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later, before a trial could take place.
to reveal where Caylee was (qtd. in Loiaconi). Casey’s brother, Lee Anthony, said he smelled a “potent” and “very strong” odor in Casey’s sunfire while it sat in the garage of their home (International Business Times, Casey Anthony Trial: Brother Smeleed “Potent” Odor in Casey’s Car). “He said his mother and sister were “combative” as they spoke about where Caylee was” (International Business Times). The article also states that Lee said Casey confessed Caylee had been missing for thirty – one days…
emotionally, or sexually abused by parents and other family member. Many also at a young age set fires to homes, torture animals, and hurt others. Brain injuries also play a role in some serial killers motivation. They are intelligent and have to carry successful careers.
Psychologists like to explore how the child was raised, who influenced them, and the environment they were raised. For serial killers, they come from homes with very troubled families. These horrific encounters leave them feeling…
reader can discover some of the Grandmother’s motivations for her behavior, as well as her attitudes toward blacks, young people, and crime, with the former two having shifted profoundly since the Old South gave way a New Southern outlook. Bailey’s family unit, in fact, represents this “new” attitude. The Grandmother laments the differences in these Old South ways and the ways of the younger generation throughout the story.
The Grandmother is very proud to have lived a long time, and she…
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