Grace in A Good Man is Hard to Find
In the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” O’Conner, tries to make us understand the meaning of grace. The Misfit and the Grandma are the two main characters that show us what grace is and how it can be applied to a person’s everyday life. In Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the Grandma tries to save her family by convincing them to visit a place she recommends to keep them away from the Misfit, whom with they later come in contact. Neither the Grandma nor the Misfit deserves grace but it is given to them anyway.
The Grandma tried to keep her family safe by trying to take a different direction other than Florida because of The Misfit, who is criminal who escaped from the Federal Pen. She convinces them to go to East Tennessee instead to visit some of her connections since she grew up there. ---“Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what ...view middle of the document...
"Did you read about that criminal, The Misfit, that's escaped?" asked the grandmother. "I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he didn't attack this place right here," said the woman. "If he hears about it being here, I wouldn't be none surprised to see him. If he hears it's two cent in the cash register, I wouldn't be a tall surprised if he." (Par. 8). If the family would’ve listened to the Grandma and went to east Tennessee they would not be in the situation there in.
After not listening to the Grandma. Consequently, the family runs into the Misfit and his friends on their way to Florida. Unfortunately, the Misfit kills the family, one by one, after the wreck the family had leaving Red Sam’s. The Misfit kills the Grandma last, leaving an argument between the two which leading the author to show the readers what Grace is. After all, the Misfit kills the Grandma even though she mentions Jesus thinking he would think about what he is doing before pulls the trigger. “She reached out and touched him on the shoulder. The Misfit sprang back as if a snake had bitten him and shot her three times through the chest.”(Par. 19). The argument between the Grandma and the Misfit leaves the author to focus on grace because neither character is deserving to receive it from God but it is given anyway. No sin is greater than another. For instance, the Grandma lies to grandchildren, manipulates her son, and even judges other people for the way they live. While the Misfit escapes from Federal Pen, persuades his two friends to help kill the family, and kills the Grandma himself. In society, we would think the Misfit commits a much worse sin than the Grandma but he doesn’t because God grants us Grace (undeserved forgiveness) and in His eyes they are both equally sinners.
In conclusion, the family probably should have listened to the Grandma and went to east Tennessee. If so, they would have been going in the opposite direction of the Misfit and still be alive today. By not listening, they end up going to Florida and getting killed by the Misfit. In the end, the author tries to make us realize what grace really is through the Misfit and the Grandma by the things they did. The next time someone does something out of character, I encourage one to grant a person grace, such as God grants us grace each and every day