The main protagonist, named only as the Grandmother is afraid to go to Florida, fearing that she may encounter a criminal called The Misfit who she has read about in the newspaper.
This occurs when Harry tells Mrs Connin that his name is also Bevel. This white lie may suggest that Harry longs to be someone else or at least his desire to be recognized as a person, something that the reader by the end of the story realises never happens for Harry while he is living with his parents.
It is also possible that Harry longs to connect with someone or something else such is his unhappiness at home.
The idea of identity resurfaces again when Harry asks Mrs Connin about a picture in her house. It is a picture of Jesus with some children and though Harry had always thought that Jesus was a swear word he now, through Mrs Connin, realises that he was made by Jesus.
Previously he had thought that it was Dr Sladewall who had made him.
They may not have considered Jesus to be important. The book is significant because later when Harry goes home his mother takes it from him and one of the guests in the apartment tells her that it is valuable because it is so old Previously we have seen this to represent a closeness or readiness to accept God.
She appears to be more concerned about what lies about her Harry may have told Mrs Connin. At no stage does the reader sense that Mrs Ashfield cares about how Harry feels. How unhappy Harry is at home with his parents can be seen the following morning when he wakes up.
His parents are in bed hung over and after he makes himself some breakfast he rubs cigarette ash into the carpet. Harry is walking along the same path that he had walked the previous day with Mrs Connin and her children.
It is Mr Paradise, who on seeing Harry in the water, jumps in to try and save him but he is unable to do so as the current drags Harry further down the river. However it is significant that Harry does achieve his goal at the end of the story of getting to the Kingdom of Christ.
Through striving for salvation, Harry has obtained Grace, albeit through death. In some way Harry has chosen a life with God, rather than living with his parents.
Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The Sitting Bee, 3 Jan.Analysis. The title of the story, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," echoes Red Sammy Butts in his conversation with The Grandmother. The mistrust of others in general is a continuing theme throughout O'Connor's short stories, and in her conversation with Red Sammy Butts, The Grandmother confirms her belief in this idea: "It isn't a soul in this.
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In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," it is twice noted that there is neither a cloud nor the sun in the sky: once aloud by The Misfit before he orders any of the family to be killed, and once silently by The Grandmother when she realizes that not only have Bailey and John Wesley been murdered, but that.
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