In the short story, foreshadowing indicates the beginning of the end of the family. After the car accident, it becomes apparent that the plot will not have a happy ending. The literary device creates suspense and raises the tension until the action reaches its climax.
The primary and most tenacious character is the grandmother, Bailey’s mother. The author shows her from her worst side. Initially, this woman does not want to leave her home. She instructs the children to love their small homeland and their parents. But she lies, manipulates her relatives, and acts without thinking about the possible consequences. Pitying the one who just now killed your family is not Christianity. And O’Connor could not be moved by it.
The Misfit pours out his soul not to change anything. The grandmother’s death is just a matter of time until she is “spiritualized” before the inevitable end. The last shot is fired, and the previous phrase sounds: “There is no happiness in life.”
Indeed, all biblical covenants have been broken, and heaven and hell have mixed up. There is no question of happiness when evil walks around the world, calmly discussing the mission of Jesus. There is no happiness in a family where love and respect are lacking. Death symbols chasing them on their heels led the story to a logical conclusion.