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The True Meaning of "Good"

            Everyone has their own idea of what "good " essentially is. Perhaps a person is good because of their kind heart. Or maybe it's because they are respectable and law abiding citizens. Whatever the reason, society has a certain mold that "good " people fit into. "Good " and "Bad " people do share similar qualities though. As humans, no one is perfect because everyone make mistakes. No one is born good or bad, but it's the choices one makes in their life that determines such. In "A Good Man is Hard to Find ", Flannery O'Connor uses a unique and almost morbid irony to contribute to her major themes of good vs. evil, the characteristics of a "good " person, and the transformative effects of grace upon a person.
             What can be described as a road trip gone wrong, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find " is a tale full of irony and wit. The characters in this story are all unique and have all the makings of a typical dysfunctional family. The two characters who contrast the most would be the unnamed Grandmother and The Misfit. The Grandmother is someone who considers herself a "lady " and is a good person. She is quick to judge others though and isn't afraid to tell her family what she thinks. The irony in her character is that she is the whole reason the family went to Tennessee instead of Florida because she wanted to avoid the Misfit: "Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. " The irony in it is that if the Grandmother had let the family go on to Florida, they never would have crossed paths with the Misfit and met their deaths. Also, the Grandmother technically caused the accident that stopped the family. .
             If she had never told John Wesley and June Star about the house with the secret panel, they never would have begged to see it and Bailey never would have gone down the bumpy road that caused the accident.

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