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Shatarupa Ganguly


This story by Flannery O’Connor is about a family and how they embrace the decisions of the eldest member, the grandmother, which ultimately leads to their catastrophic downfall. The story mostly revolves around her opinions on everything and how her family ends up accepting whatever recommendations she puts forth. The metaphorical title of the story is intriguing as there is hardly any mention of a ‘good man’ in it. Sammy rightfully declares that “a good man is hard to find” as none of the characters try to change their ways to become a good person. The story begins with the son, Bailey, planning a summer vacation to Florida with his family which includes his wife, three children, John Wesley aged eight and June Staras seven years old respectively, and a baby boy. Together with the mother of Bailey, recognized as the grandmother. Here is when the said grandmother suggests to…