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Family Relationships in Fiction Family relationships played an integral part in the writings of Flannery OConnor William Faulkner and Andre Dubus Each author showed the importance of family in situations that the characters encountered In A Good Man is Hard to Find OConnor showed how a fairly average family dealt with a difficult situation In Faulkners short story Barn Burning a family struggled to decide which was more important family loyalty or doing the right thing In the Bedroom a film directed by Todd Field and based on Killings by Dubus demonstrated how a family was affected by horrible tragedy and how the family handled the situation themselves All three stories illustrated the value of family support during tragedy whether the family was inflicting the pain or experiencing it Flannery OConnor introduced the family in A Good Man is Hard to Find as a typical somewhat dysfunctional family preparing for a vacation Although the family was aware that the Misfit was heading for Florida the kids insisted that they go there When the familys car flips they assumed that the car driving slowly down the hill had come to help They soon realized it was the Misfit and that if the grandmother had not mentioned that she recognized them the outcome of that day would have probably been different The family was soon put in a predicament The Misfit and his gang took the family members beginning with the father and son out into the woods to kill them The remaining family stayed amazingly calm and the mother with the baby and the little girl agreed to go into the woods with Bobby Lee and Hiram It was odd how the people agreed so easily to walk to their deaths Maybe the father and son did not know what as going to happen to them but the mother obviously heard the gunshots and did not protest when the Misfit offered would you and that
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