She lives in the house with her son Bailey and his wife, along with their two children. She says that the house had six white columns and was at the end of an oak tree—lined driveway.
The thematic climax of the story involves an offer of grace and the grandmother's acceptance of that gift as a result of the epiphany she experiences just before her death.
In her growing confusion, she thinks that The Misfit is going to cry, so she reaches out and touches his shoulder tenderly, saying "Why you're one of my babies.
The scene at The Tower cafe appears to have been designed to illustrate the depths of self-interest into which the characters have fallen. On the other hand, the animalistic character of the main characters of the A Good Man Is Hard to Find reveals as they do not bear the meaning or principles of their actions.
The reader's first view of the family is one designed to illustrate the disrespect and dissension which characterize the family's relationships with one another. The next day, the grandmother wakes up early to hide her cat, Pitty Sing, in a basket on the floor in the back of the car.
The Misfit orders Bailey and John Wesley into the woods, where his cronies shoot them. What might the extreme situation have to do with bringing about such a moment? As they set off again, The Grandmother remembers an old plantation that she thinks used to be in this area.
The grandmother takes the baby from its mother, and we see the contrast between the thin, leathery face of old age and the smooth bland face of the baby.
In an address to a group of writing students, O'Connor commented, "The kind of vision the fiction writer needs to have, or to develop, in order to increase the meaning of his story is called anagogical vision, and that is the kind of vision that is able to see different levels of reality in one image or situation.
They stop at a restaurant to eat, and converse a bit with the owner, Red Sammy, and his wife. The animal is propelled onto Bailey's shoulder.