to be killed by the Misfit. John Wesley - A loud, obnoxious, eight-year-old boy. John Wesley wants to visit the house the grandmother talks about because she says it has a secret panel. June Star - An obnoxious young girl. June Star loudly speaks her mind and makes cutting observations about those around her. The Mother - Bailey’s wife and the mother of John Wesley, June Star, and a baby. The mother breaks her shoulder in the car crash and is eventually killed by the Misfit’s henchmen. Red Sammy Butts - The owner of the Tower restaurant. Red Sammy is a good man according to the grandmother, trusting and even gullible to a fault. Bobby Lee - One of the escaped criminals. Bobby Lee is fat and, according to June Star, looks like a pig.
Hiram - One of the escaped criminals. Hiram wears a gray hat and inspects the family’s car. 6. Setting: (This includes location, as well as time period). See pp. 282-283 in your text for support. The story begins in Atlanta, Georgia, in the home of a family preparing for a trip to Florida. The action continues the next day as the family travels southeast on a highway and takes a side trip on a dirt road, where the car rolls over and lands in a ditch. The final scene takes place after the accident. The time is the mid-twentieth century. Landscape descriptions and the apparel of the characters indicate that the action occurs during the warmer months. 7. Summary of events, organized by sequence. EACH significant sequence of the plot must be organized into separate paragraphs (minimum of 3). A family is setting on a journey from Georgia to Florida. However, the grandmother does not want to go to Florida, but rather to Tennessee. Just like a child, she insists and tries to change the mind of Bailey, her only son, as well as his wife, and their two older children June Star and John Wesley. She tells the family of a convict on the run to Florida (The Misfit) as a way to dissuade the family from going there. Fruitless in her efforts, the grandmother as well as the family packs up and starts their journey to Florida. Knowing Bailey would object, the grandmother packs her cat in the basket and hides hum under her seat. During the journey, the grandmother chastises the children for not respecting their home state Georgia. Between naps, she tells the children stories about her past and uses derogatory terms to describe the black child they pass on the way. When they pass a cotton field, she says there are graves in the middle of it that belonged to the plantation and jokes that the plantation has “Gone with the Wind.”
- Fall '19
- A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Short story, Bailey