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Potter 1 Jessica Potter Professor Almanza English 1302 13 Sept 2017 A Grandmother’s Conscience is Hard to Find When you think of a grandmother, you may think of freshly baked cookies or warm hugs or wonderful Christmas gifts. The grandmother from Flannery O’ Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, however, happens to be the exact opposite of a pleasant grandmother with her selfishly motivated manipulation throughout the entirety of the story, even in her supposed “moment of grace”. The entire trip, the grandmother is trying to manipulate the family to do what she wants to do. She wanted to go to Tennessee instead of Florida, which is where the family wanted to go, so “she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind” (1). She first tries to convince Bailey by attempting to scare him out of wanting to go to Florida with reports of the Misfit, a murderous criminal on the loose. She tells him “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.” (1). When her attempts fail with Bailey, she tries to persuade the mother by appealing to the welfare of the children, saying they should see the world and broaden their experiences in east Tennessee. She is constantly trying to get what she wants. When she is told she isn’t allowed to bring her cat on
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