Flaws Of Perception In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Mit Patel Ms. Rogers English 1102 March 8, 2018 A Flaw of Perception George R. R. Martin once said, “In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.” The concept of determining good and evil is beyond complicated. In human beings, good and evil are like liquid. People are the combination of both. There is no definitive when it comes to determining good and evil. People determine good and evil based on their perception. People perceive things differently, recognizing a certain situation in an infinite way. In the story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” O’Connor’s use of foil makes the reader aware that there is no definitive good or evil, but only a flaw of perception. In the story, “A Good…show more content…
The grandmother lies about a secret panel to convince her son to take her where she wants to go. (Desmond 133). The grandmother’s lying and selfishness lead the entire family to their deaths. Even when she finds out that the house is in Tennessee, she keeps quiet because she doesn’t want to look bad. The grandmother is racist toward a black kid who is standing in the door of a shack: “Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do” (O’Connor, par. 20). Now, the reader can see that the grandmother is not a good lady. She is a liar, and selfish. The encounter with the Misfit reveals the grandmother’s true colors. She is trying to save her own life; not once does she tell the Misfit to spare her son’s life or her grandchildren’s lives. In the beginning, she says that “I[the grandmother] wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that[the Misfit] in it” (O’Connor, par. 1). When she finds out that the Misfit is going to kill her, she says to him “[Y]ou’re good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell,” just to save her life (O’Connor, par. 90). A criminal like the Misfit, who the grandmother doesn’t want any of her children to be around, suddenly becomes a good man in the eyes of the
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