I firmly believe that people reap what they sew. In the story, A good man is hard to find Essay, the
grand mother is a prime example of this scenario. Her pathetic ploys and acts of deviance cause
harm to the family throughout the story and it ends up coming back to her in the end. You can
tell that harms is inevitable for the family by some of the clues that are found in the grandmothers
For example, in the opening paragraph of the story, she is complaining perversely
for the family to go on vacation in East Tennessee instead of Florida. The rest of the family
wants to go to Florida but yet she is determined for them to do as she says.
I believe that this is
an early indication as to what kind of person she is. As they were leaving their home, she snuk a
cat in a black valise into the car. The family didnt want to arrive at a hotel with a cat so they told
her not to bring it. Being the deviant person she is, she brought it anyway without them knowing.
This would later come back to haunt the family later on in the story. Why would you do
something like that when family members specifically told you not to.
The grandmother was also a nagging person. She could get on your very last
nerve. When her son Bailey was driving down the road, she persistently reminded him of the
speed limit. The speed limit was fifty-five miles an hour and the patrol man hide behind the
billboards and small clumps of trees and they will speed out after you before you get a chance to
slow down, the grandmother replied. I hate when someone tries to tell me how to drive. She
should have been grateful instead of hateful because the family didnt have to drag her along if
they didnt want to.
I know that Bailey is her some, but why does she constantly aggravate him?
My mother picks on me occasionally but never to the extent of the grandmother.
The grandmother was a very dishonest person. She began telling little John
Wesley ( her grandson), about a plantation she used to visit. She pointed to an old grave yard
visible to the road. The more she thought about it the more she wanted to go back and see it.
She knew that the family would not be up for seeing an old run down hat.
What does she do?
She begins to lie profusely, telling John Wesley about a secret trap door that has never been found
to this day. This, in turn, cause the children to want to go visit the house and after constant
ridicule the father turns the car around.
They begin to go down a narrow dirt road. The cat jumps out of the bag and in
turn causes the car to wreck. When they get out of the car she decided not to tell them that the
plantation she was thinking about was in Tennessee, not Georgia. By her bringing the cat along
and insisting that they go see the house, causes them to wreck.
Her childish behavior was the
When they have an encounter with the misfit, she constantly pleads for him not to
harm her or her family. She tells him to believe in Jesus. Fearing for her life she tries any means
necessary to get the man to see things her way. You are one of my children she says. He turned
around and shot her three times in the chest.
Why does all of this happen? It comes back to my theory you reap what you sew.
Her constantly being a hassle for her and her family eventually caught up with her. If she had
been more cooperative, none of this would have ever happened. If she hadnt brought the cat or
wanted to see that house, they would have made it to Florida and been getting some sun on the
beach. Whether or not people believe this, when you do bad things, they will comeback to haunt
you eventually. However, if you do good things, they will come back and help you somehow. I
think the grand mother should have been more concerning for her family instead of being so
concerned for herself.
The whole scene .