They all sat down at a board table next to the nickelodeon and Red Sam's wife, a tall burnt-brown woman with hair and eyes lighter than her skin, came and took their order. A few minutes later, they spot a car. I don't reckon he meant to talk to you thataway. O'Connor's treatment of the characters in this story reinforces her view of man as a fallen creature. The Misfit asks if it seems fair to the Grandmother that one person can be punished so much while another is punished so little. The Misfit asks for the shirt and puts it on. And yet he is also clearly not a very good son or father himself.
This gives The Misfit the opportunity to tell a bit of his personal history and offer some his ideas on Jesus, about whom he's actually done some thinking. His eyes were as blue and intense as the parrots in his shirt and he remained perfectly still. Not every interpretation hinges on a moral judgment of the grandmother, though. Several essays discuss the story in the context of Flannery's work as whole. She has a valise and is hiding a basket with their cat, Pitty Sing, in it.
The Misfit suddenly springs back and shoots her in the chest three times. Then they stop at some barbecue joint called Red Sammy's. Everyone wants to drive down to Florida. Following Bailey's murder by Hiram and Bobby Lee, the Misfits companions, the shirt is given to the Misfit, who dons it. She tries to kiss up to him, ask him why he is doing this, bribe him but nothing works. The grandmother recalled the times when there were no paved roads and thirty miles was a day's journey. He was in the Federal Penitentiary for killing his father.
Unlike the rest of her family, however, the Grandmother would rather go to Tennessee. Hiram and Bobby Lee returned from the woods and stood over the ditch, looking down at the grandmother who half sat and half lay in a puddle of blood with her legs crossed under her like a child's and her face smiling up at the cloudless sky. Christianity, the grace of God, and redemption are all used throughout the story. While this redemption is freely given through Christ's love as the grandmother and Misfit discuss , the convict notices that people can freely reject it, as he has. The road trip is like any other road trip: the kids fight, they play games, etc.
I'll give you all the money I've got! What is it that drives a person to kill? The car has flipped over and is in a ditch. The grandmother brings her cat on the trip but hides it under the seat. The story is disturbing and humorous at the same time—a quality shared by many of O'Connor's other works, including her novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. When first read, A Good Man is Hard to Find, the reader does not value the importance of the grandmother charter and her warning. A few minutes later, they spot a car. Hiram and Bobby Lee come back from killing The Mother, June Star, and the baby, and The Misfit comments that in fact, there is no real pleasure in life at all.
The Grandmother insists that the children—her own grandchildren—have already been to Florida, and that going to East Tennessee would be a more broadening experience for them. It has been widely anthologized in English textbooks because of its riveting storyline and gothic elements. The owner of the store is Red Sammy Butts, whose name was written on signs along the highway advertising his sandwiches and the fact that he is a veteran. From experience, he has come to believe that committing wrongs does not matter: punishments will come regardless, and then it will be as if it never happened. Many authors use this unique mentality in short stories.
She instead conveys a message of the sinful nature of humans; these experiences people may go through do not stick. Everyone wants to drive down to Florida. This short story is about a family going to Florida, who takes a turn down a dirt road, which only causes them to get in an accident, and be found by the Misfit. The grandmother adjusts her hat, but the brim breaks off. The punishment changed and confused the Misfit. They leave, headed south for Florida.
Of course, he's not at all a good man and kills her himself - even after their somewhat lengthy discussion on the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Since she was limited by her illness to short and infrequent trips away from the farm, O'Connor learned to draw upon the resources at hand for the subject matter of her stories. The driver got out of the car and stood by the side of it, looking down at them. I know you wouldn't shoot a lady! The Misfit responds by promptly shooting her three times in the chest. . Religion is the underlying theme of the story through the title, the characters, and the details. He had on a yellow sport shirt with bright blue parrots designed in it and his face was as yellow as the l shirt.