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A Look at the Family Setting In the Book, A Good Man Is Hard To Find


The narrative “A great male is hard to discover” was composed by Flannery O’Connor and published in 1955. In this story you have a really dysfunctional family. The members of this household include the grandmother, her kid Bailey, a 8 years of age boy named John Wesley, a little woman named June Star, and the mother of the kids, a character that stays anonymous thought out the story. The Mom of the kids also has an infant.

So what is so inefficient about this family, well for starters, let’s take a look at the kids and the “mother of the children.” John Wesley and June Star have the same mom however different surnames, and therefore various dads. The “mom of the children” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 250) is a “girl” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 250) and is most likely very quite and appealing because she has actually had no issues discovering men who will impregnate her, however the issue is that they do not stick with her later on. This makes it simpler for the mother and the children to end up being an inefficient household. Bailey’s surname is unknown, however it does not seem to be Wesley or Star. The baby, which stays anonymous in the story, is more than likely Baily’s infant, and that is why “the mother of the children” now deals with Baily, unmarried, thus the title offered to her is “mother of the children” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 250), instead of the spouse. John Wesley and June Star both know that Baily is not their real papa, and therefore understand that the grandma is not really their granny. This is why the children do not show the grandma any regard, and disregard her as typically as possible.

We first see an example of the boy John Wesley displaying his dysfunctional mindset in paragraph 6 when he states “I ‘d smack his face,” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 250) as a reply to the granny asking him what would you do if this fellow, The Misfit, captured you?” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 250). Undoubtedly he is trying to be a hard kid has numerous little kids do, but there are lots of other things he might have said to act hard, that would have been a little more intelligent and a little less dysfunctional as “I ‘d smack his face” when describing a known murder and fugitive.

Quickly thereafter in paragraph sixteen of the story, John Wesley says “Tennessee is simply a hillbilly disposing ground, and Georgia is a lousy state too.” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 251). This sort of ill-mannered talk reeks of a dysfunctional mindset. In the really next line June Star replies “You stated it” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 251), agreeing with John Wesley’s declaration revealing June Star to be an ill-mannered litter girl with a dysfunctional attitude too.

Now, the grandma attempts to mention the mistake of the kids’s habits and begins to talk about how people in her day were more respectful, but prior to she might complete she is distracted by a little boy without pants on the side of the roadway and states “Little niggers in the nation do not have things like we do.” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 251) So basically she blurts out something utilizing ill-mannered language concerning black people while trying to teach the children to be considerate. This is inefficient.

Now everybody is entailed to their opinion about tunes, however why would anybody want to dance to a song about losing their sweetheart, that sounds a little bit inefficient. But according to the story “The children’s mother put a cent in the device and played “The Tennessee Waltz,” and the grandma said that tune constantly made her want to dance.” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 251).

Later on, right after the accident, June Star stated “But nobody’s eliminated,” with dissatisfaction as the granny limped out of the car.” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 254) To say something like that with dissatisfaction is very mean and inefficient.

Lastly, even the Misfit, describing the grandma, said “She would of been a good lady, if it had actually been someone there to shoot her every minute of her life.” (O’Conner, 2011, p. 257) Acknowledging that the granny just had mean and inefficient relative.

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