A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O´Connor

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Flannery O’Connor was born in 1925 into “a prosperous Catholic family in Savannah, Georgia” (404). She wrote her first novel in New York, called “Wise Blood” in 1952. At only the age of 39, she became ill with an immune system disease called lupus and eventually died in 1964. Although she wrote a few novels, Flannery was “best known for her short stories collections”. Her short stories, like James Joyce, is seemed to be characterized in the theme “of gothic, grotesque tales,” but to some readers, she is a Christian writer. One of her short stories that she wrote that falls into the category of a Christian writing is “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”. As a reader, it is told that all humanities ...view middle of the document...

The grandmother in this short story who is not named, thought of herself as superior because of her old age. She thought of herself as a religious being but her actions speaks otherwise by her racist comment towards a color little boy who was seen along the road. Because she was still stuck in the past, she had no acceptance towards her life now; “People did right then” (407). Being a lady is more of what the grandmother was concerned about, because being a lady was the right thing. In the passage O’Connor stated “the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (406). How is being lady defined by the grandmother? By looking at the passage, you can tell that being a lady is appearance, manner and respect. O’Connor portrayed the grandmother of having religious value, but gives the misfit the role of not having faith in god. The misfit stated that “Jesus thrown everything off balance” (414), therefore he was the blame for how his life turned out to be.
Flannery, portrayed the grandmother as good but the misfit as evil. But it seems as if Flannery contradicted with the grandmother being good. According to O’Connor, the grandmother is given the trait of good because of her age and the time she came from. Although the grandmother is known to be good in this short story, it can also be determined that she is also evil. If the grandmother didn’t manipulate her son and lie to her grandchildren, they wouldn’t have been in a predicament with the misfit. This situation could have been avoided but because of her lie, she got the family into trouble. Therefore, evil was in the grandmother as she caused the family to be killed by the misfit. On the other hand, the misfit is the “evil” character because he was a cold blooded killer, as he had stated “no pleasure but meanness” (415).
According to Dictionary.com, the word “good” is defined as “satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree”. While having a conversation with Red Sam, from...

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