A Good Man is Hard to Find

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A Good Man is Hard to Find Characters

The Grandmother

The Grandmother is an elderly Southern lady, and Bailey’s mother. She is a naïve woman, despite her age, and seems to only think of herself. Against her son’s wishes, she brings her cat along… (read full character analysis)

The Misfit

The Misfit remains largely a mystery throughout the story. The Grandmother first reads about him in the newspaper—he is an escaped convict and murderer, and is thought to be headed to Florida (like the family)… (read full character analysis)


The patriarch of the story’s central family, Bailey is the Grandmother’s son and June Star and John Wesley’s father. Despite the constant distractions from his mother and children, he simply wants to go… (read full character analysis)

Bailey’s Wife (the Mother)

Bailey’s wife, who is never named, is described as having a face “as broad and innocent as a cabbage.” She is John Wesley and June Star’s mother, and the Grandmother’s daughter-in-law. For most… (read full character analysis)

John Wesley

John Wesley, is Bailey’s eight-year-old son, a stocky boy with glasses. He is rude and vocal about his opinions, and treats the Grandmother with none of the respect she feels she deserves. John Wesley… (read full character analysis)
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June Star

Seven-year-old June Star (John Wesley’s sister) is loudmouthed and critical. When Red Sam’s wife teasingly asks her to come live with them, June Star says that she wouldn’t live in their home in… (read full character analysis)

Red Sam Butts

Red Sam Butts, whose name we first see on billboards along the highway, runs a combination filling station and dancehall that also serves food. He is a fat man with a red face, and he… (read full character analysis)

Red Sam’s Wife

Red Sam’s wife serves the family when they stop for sandwiches at Red Sam Butts’ filling station. She chats with the family and is chastised for taking too long to serve them by her… (read full character analysis)

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee is one of the Misfit’s two henchmen. He is described as fat and, to June Star, looking like a pig. He follows the Misfit’s orders and helps execute members of the… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Along with Bobby Lee, Hiram is one of the Misfit’s young henchmen. He inspects the family’s car and assists in the execution of the various members of the family.