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In the story A Good Man Is Hard To Find the grandmother is shown to be a very self-centered person who thinks that the world revolves around her The author makes this fact known right away The grandmother didnt want to go to Florida and she was seizing every chance to change Baileys mind OConnor 354 These first two lines show how selfish she is meaning she is only concerned with herself and has no reagard for others The grandmother didnt care less about where Bailey and the rest of the family wanted to go on vacation Her only desire was to go where she wanted to go In a round-about way she even goes so far as to deprecate her own son by saying he isnt a very good father if he chooses to take his kids to Florida When the grandmother says I wouldnt take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it 354 shes implying that she is a much better parent than Bailey is She says this hoping that Bailey would feel guilty about his decision to go to Florida and as a result of that guilt get him to change his mind Baileys reactions toward his mother reinforce the fact that she is domineering even to the point of being intimidating In the beginning of the story Bailey is shown to be nervous as He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table 354 while his mother is trying to talk him into changing his mind about where they go for their vacation He is also very passive around his mother and it shows be the way he offers no resistance or objections to what she is demanding When Bailey looks straight ahead His jaw was as rigid as a horseshoe 358 he was obviously upset about the way the grandmother tries to control what is going on She
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