Literary Analysis Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O Connor

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In Flannery O’Connor’s thrilling short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, there are multiple characters that are easy to dislike, yet, there is one that hold true to their values and is consistent in his beliefs. A family decides to take a road trip and end up wrecking while turned off on a dirt road somewhere in Georgia. A group of men, one being a serial killer, approach the family and their wreckage and shoot them, revealing every character’s true self. While the Grandmother comes off as a religious woman and tries her absolute best to be a “lady”, throughout the story, nothing she says or does actually embodies the Christ like person she thinks herself to be. The Misfit is a serial killer that gets pleasure from doing harmful things, but he is the most consistent in his beliefs and no one can change his mind, making him the Christ figure of the story. A Southern Lady in most people’s mind is a gentle, loving woman who has an amazing accent and loves her some Jesus. In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, the Grandmother who thinks of herself in this way, is far from what others may consider a Southern Lady. The Grandmother seems bitter and does not do much more than bicker and leave side comments, and talk about what it was like “back in her day.” The Grandmother …show more content…

The Grandmother gave in and spoke against what she believed in right before she died. On the contrary, The Misfit, who is seen as the bad guy in the story is actually the Christ figure of the book due to his strong beliefs he clings to and consistent behavior. The Church needs more people like the Misfit, just without all of the murder and

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