Study Guide

A Good Man is Hard to Find Characters

By Flannery O'Connor

The Grandmother

No two ways about it: the grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a manipulator. The first...

The Misfit

The Misfit doesn't get it. He just doesn't understand why he's been punished the way he has for...

Bailey

Bailey is the grandmother's only son, and the father of June Star and John Wesley. He is also the...

June Star

June Star is Bailey's daughter, and the grandmother's granddaughter. Though she's cute, she's...

John Wesley

June Star's eight-year-old brother, John Wesley is almost as nasty as she is, though not quite as...

The Mother

The mother (of June Star and John Wesley) is a bland character who barely says or does anything...

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee is the guy who smiles noticeably and apparently thinks killing people is "some fun."...

Hiram

Hiram is the skinnier of The Misfit's two "boy" accomplices. Apparently, he's the one who knows...

Red Sammy

Red Sammy, "the fat man with the happy laugh" (27), is the owner of The Tower, the BBQ restaurant...

Red Sammy's Wife

Red Sammy's wife is a "tall burnt-brown woman with hair and eyes lighter than her skin" (29). She...

Pitty Sing

The grandmother's cat, Pitty Sing, is named after one of the characters in The Mikado. The...

The Baby

The baby has little other role in this story than to occupy the mother's attention, and to give...