What makes people act the way they do? Is it hereditary? Could it be that instinct alone guides people and their behavior? Or is it that people become a product of their environment? The answer can be found in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find“. A Grandmother, living with her son and his family, appears to be a manipulative and deceitful old woman. As she and her family take a vacation drive to Florida they stumble across three escaped convicts and are systematically murdered, thanks to Grandmother’s deceitful ploy. The driving force behind the Grandmother’s deceit is the way the family treats her.
The Grandmother tries to convince Bailey, her son, to change their travel destination from Florida to Tennessee, and is completely ignored. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose and headed toward Florida” (495). “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it.” (495)….