A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Since the beginning of mankind there is been an unsolved issue of good verses evil. We see this controversial issue in everyday life, Such as Television, Newspaper, etc. " It is not difficult to label the agent of evil in Flannery O' Connor's signature story, "A Good Man is Hard To Find", says John, Desmond. The family is described as a typical modern family, which has all type of problems. Agreeing with each other is one of the biggest problems the family faces. The story starts of where Grandma is in disagreement with her son about where they should plane there next family trip to. After much discussion they decided on going to Florida. The story makes a twist when their car gets into an accident and they have an encounter with Misfit, who has a rough upbringing which his behavior often showed. Misfit can be described as, "been pictured as a modern Pascal who wagers wrong (Cobb), a rigorously empirical Doubting Thomas (Scouten 63), a mental "thoroughbred with a curious and active nose" (Currie 149), and an instinctive scholar plumbing reality (Jones 837)", says Gary, Sloan. The Misfit got enjoyment and pleasure in hurting others because his experience of life had shown how others found enjoyment and pleasure in hurting and harming him. O'Connor's is trying to say that "A Good Man is Hard to find." While comparing Good versus Evil, it seems humans tend to show Evil and hide there goodness with in them, and after something evil has accord then they think about good.

Grandma and the Misfit are two complex people because they stand for many different things. In the Story Misfit Represent Evil By killing the whole family and Grandma Show goodness when she tries to tell Misfit that "You've got good Blood! (O'Connor 317)" and that he wouldn't shoot a lady. The most reasonable interpretation of these two characters is that they represent O' Connor's view on evil in society. The final comment of the story seams to be showing a change in misfits' life. Misfit seams to be thinking about goodness and probably thinking that evil is not the answer to the problems in his life. The story shows us that a lot of people are evil, but when they are in trouble they will think of god, as grandma did in the story. At the end of the story Misfit regrets killing grandma, and says that "she would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life. (O' Connor 318)." The story is trying to tell us that do not flight all the time and be evil, because you never know what may happen to one. O' Connor is trying to tell us that every man has good and evil in him, but some time we only see one side of them and forget that they have another side as well. The final comment of the story implies that even though misfit seams evil, there still might be some goodness in him....

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