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A Good Man is Hard to Find Three Act Plot Analysis

By Flannery O'Connor

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Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

The grandmother warns that The Misfit is on the loose, but the family chooses to head towards Florida anyway. They set off and stop for lunch at Red Sammy's. The grandmother remembers there's an old plantation around here somewhere that she wants the children to see.

Act II

Car accident! The family is trapped. The Misfit arrives, and the grandmother brings down his wrath by recognizing him. As the grandmother talks with The Misfit, her relatives are shot in the woods. She starts to lose it.


Moment of grace saves the day, but not the grandmother. The Misfit shoots and kills her. He's left to think about what's happened.

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