A Good Man is Hard to Find Study Guide
Significance of Title
“A Good Man is Hard to Find,” is an appropriate title. The title is an illusion to a 1920s blues song by the same name, written by Eddie Green and sung by Bessie. The song comments on the rarity of faithful, committed men and the abundance of men who are impatient and disrespectful. Not only does the story discuss goodness but it also touches base on the lack of goodness, especially in society. All the characters in the story are noticeably flawed with the exception of the baby. The grandmother is selfish and stubbornly rooted in old ways, Bailey and the children are ignorant of tradition, and The Misfit and his cohorts ...view middle of the document...
The cat is stored in a basket at the grandmother's feet. The grandmother dresses herself properly in case there is a car accident and she dies, everyone will know she is a lady. John Wesley says he does not like Georgia and they should pass through it fast. The grandmother criticizes John for not respecting his home state and explains that in her time she would never do such a thing. Just afterwards, she points out a little Negro boy at a shack, and explains how nice of a picture the image would be if she knew how to paint.
After they pass a plantation with graves in the middle the children play a game which ends up in a slapping fight. The grandmother tells the kids she will tell them a story if they calm down. She tells them of when she was a maiden lady and was courted by a Mr. Edgar Teagarden. He would give her a watermelon with his initial's (E.A.T) carved in them every Saturday afternoon. One Saturday she was not home so the watermelon was left on the porch and a boy saw the watermelon and ate it since it said eat. The family ends up stopping at The Tower to have a bit to eat. Red Sammy Butts, the owner, talks to the grandmother after the family ordered about how people are untrustworthy. He explains how he foolishly let two men charge the gas they bought from him but it appears he never got paid.
The grandmother agrees with Teagarden and explains how they used to be able to leave doors unlatched but now they cannot. They then start talking about the "The Misfit" and that they would not be surprised if he attacked their restaurant. The family leaves the restaurant and the grandmother begins to remember an old plantation that she had once visited in her neighborhood. She believes that neighborhood is the one they are driving through now. She goes on about the plantation and explains to the children how there is a secret panel with silver in it inside the house. The grandmother purposefully says this so she can convince the children to make their parents stop at the plantation. The children end up causing a ruckus and convincing their father to turn around and go to the plantation. As the family starts going down the road the grandmother suddenly realizes she made a mistake and that the plantation is in Tennessee not in Georgia. Nervous, she accidentally juts her feet, sending the cat sprawling out of the basket and onto Bailey causing him to crash.
Minus a few cuts and bruises, the family is all right. The children start screaming about the accident while the rest of the family was still in shock. The grandmother decides not to mention the fact she remembered the wrong location of the plantation. A car slowly approaches, and the family is hopeful they are coming to help. Once the car approaches three men get out of the car with guns. The man without the shirt approaches them in the ditch and begins to talk to them. The grandmother suddenly realizes that he is the "The Misfit." The grandmother starts to praise the Misfit and...