A Good Man Is Hard to Find | Study Guide

Flannery O'Connor

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Flannery O'Connor's short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find | Characters

Character Description
The grandmother The grandmother, a pushy, small-minded, self-righteous woman, is the matriarch of the family. Read More
The Misfit The unnamed Misfit—an escaped murderer—finds the family after their car accident. Read More
Bailey Baily is the grandmother's passive son; he is a high-strung individual who says little. Read More
The children's mother Unnamed, the children's mother—the grandmother's daughter-in-law—is innocent and seems concerned mainly with the welfare of the baby. Read More
June Star June Star, Bailey's daughter, speaks her mind and is disrespectful. Read More
John Wesley John Wesley, Bailey's eight-year-old son, is undisciplined and curious. Read More
The baby Son of the children's mother and Bailey, the unnamed baby serves as a prop to hold his mother's attention and, briefly, the attention of the grandmother.
Bobby Lee Bobby Lee has escaped prison, along with The Misfit. Overweight, he is self-conscious about his appearance.
Red Sammy Butts Red Sammy Butts owns the Tower restaurant along the highway and converses with the grandmother while the family eats.
Red Sammy Butts's wife Red Sammy Butts's wife works at the restaurant.
Hiram Hiram has escaped prison, along with The Misfit, and seems to have some ability as a mechanic.
The Misfit's father The Misfit's father had a knack for handling the authorities and never got into trouble with them.
The Misfit's mother According to The Misfit, his mother was the finest woman God ever made.
Pitty Sing The grandmother's beloved cat, Pitty Sing's escape causes the accident.
Edgar Atkins Teagarden Edgar Atkins Teagarden once courted the grandmother by bringing her watermelons that he carved with his initials, E.A.T.
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