A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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An extreme act is almost necessary to bring about the true reflection on one’s life and really question whether or not they are worthy of salvation. The most influential person in determining your after life could have not the slightest meaning to you now. Flannery O’Connor’s writing reflects in her own beliefs. Kaplan creates a case that “The Grandmother’s ability to accept such a death is therefore the supreme test of her faith,” (Kaplan 905). This associates to the story well; Flannery O’Connor is also in her own life suffering from a disease that, in some aspects, should take her faith into inquiry.
Initially, the conviction of The Grandmother never was about anyone’s needs but her ...view middle of the document...

” (Dean 1260.) This shows you how the presence of god can affect those who believe in him and accept him as their savior. The level of righteous necessary to reach prosperity in the after life is not measured in how many sermons one has attended. She goes through the story not being wise enough to challenge herself to correct her flaws and disrespectful attitudes towards other’s, that she earlier in the story deemed not worthy of her time.
The Misfits struggling with salvation is a common struggle among most people that venture into a church. He states that he wishes he was there to see Christ rise from the dead but since he wasn’t there is no proof. He says that since there is no proof, life is just meaning less careless whisper, and there is nothing to live for. He has gone to this extreme because he’s never believed in him. He has lived a life of violence, with countless murders, simply because he views there is no purpose to live.
“Bailey going into the woods so quietly symbolizes that he is accepting of his death but does nothing about it such as a parrot would repeat was has been heard and he just so happens to wearing a shirt with a parrot.” (Kirk 77.) This demonstrations that the son of The Grandmother, Bailey, never had a strong back bone because his mother would not let him speak out. The effects of his mother’s action caused him to never reveal his thoughts, anywhere. This source also provided clarification behind her own opinions of why O’Connor chose the title of the short story insisting that “the title suggests that the story may be concerned with faith and resurrection, as well as how difficult it may be to believe that Jesus rose from the dead.” (Kirk 75.) This is a common misfortune in today’s society.
Deciding whether or not to declare yourself a Christian? Based on the new found science that challenges the religion of Christianity with evidence based on evolution. That’s why faith is a key testament to one’s beliefs. Without faith there is no Christianity so in essence you believe as much as you’re willingly to believe. No matter how strong or weak your ties with God, faith keeps you in check. Your belief in the whole religion can have an effect on some people to...

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