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Flannery O’ Connor, A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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1 You can do one thing or you can do another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later you’re going to forget what it was you done and just be punished for it.” This quote was stated in Flannery O’ Connors story of A Good Man is Hard to Find, she was a catholic all her life which motivated her to write stories and influence them. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, there were many examples of religion revealed in her literature such as the one presented and more examples followed. 2 The statement above is when The Misfit spoke this near the end of the story, just before sending the children’s mother, the baby, and June Star into the woods to be killed. 2 The Misfit tells the ...view middle of the document...

3 Today this is an extremely big risk to take: 3 such a theme and such methods un-doubtfully deny the Christian writer many readers (The Bleeding Stinking Mad Shadow of. ). In Flannery O’ Connors writings she refers to the Christianity beliefs by using symbolism. In her story the grandmother says a good man is hard to find, the readers may have different perspectives on this proclamation, such that the reader may feel the grandmother is meaning this term in a different way. Maybe not meaning it literally as a good man is hard to find but a GOOD man is hard to find, one that is Christian and someone who is good at heart.
4 For example, “But by no means is this to say that Miss O'Connor was writing programmatic or propagandistic fiction:
4 if she had been, she would not have written nearly so well. 4 It is to say, however, that her vision of man in this world was uncompromisingly Christian: 4 she saw all of life in Christian terms; 4 she thought the Gospels were really true; 4 and she accepted the historic teachings of the Church”(The bleeding Stinking Mad Shadow of Jesus. ).Mrs O’ Connor was not trying to “sell” Christianity to her readers; 4 she was—as indeed any writer is—trying to “sell” her particular outlook on the way she valued life as a whole. What this means is that O’ Connor wasn’t trying to convert anyone to her Christianity life style; she was only putting it out there for readers to know that she was a “Die hard” Christian. O’ Connor had many examples and themes of Christianity in her story many scenes in her story brought up salvation and grace put upon the misfit and the grandmother, both were “ Unlikely recipients of grace”. 1 For example in her story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find, “Both the misfit and the grandmother are looked upon as recipients of grace, despite their many flaws, sins, and weaknesses.
2 According to Christian spirituality, humans are granted salvation through God’s grace, or favor, which God freely grants on even the worst person.
2 In other words, God has power to allow even immoral people to go to heaven, which he does by granting them grace or salvation. 2 The grandmother is a doubtful candidate for receiving Gods glorious grace. 2 She manipulates her son and lies to her grandchildren, and nags constantly about the lack of the present. 2 She has no...

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