Grace And Redemption In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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The Story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O'Connor uses symbols to depict one main idea. Flannery O'Connor uses the same theme in almost all of his stories which is grace and redemption. Grace and redemption is something the grandmother is working towards throughout the entire story. In the beginning, she's very shallow and only cares about how others see her. However as the story continues and different actions take place, her overall beliefs begin to change as she receives grace and redemption. During the story, Flannery O'Connor uses different symbols that represent the grandmothers major turning points in finding grace and redemption. The symbols she uses are the grandmother’s clothing, the weather, and Bailey’s shirt. The grandmothers clothing plays a very important role in the story and the theme of grace and redemption. As described in the story the grandmother was wearing…show more content…
One of the three main symbols used were the grandmothers clothing. This was shown by in the beginning she cared solely about how others saw her whereas towards the end she didn't care for her apparel and truly on cared for finding grace and redemption. Another main symbol used was the weather. The weather in the story started off with no clouds and no sun during the day and ended clear with no clouds showing that the grandmother, in the end, was able to find grace and redemption through a tough time. The last main symbol shown in the story by Flannery O'Connor was Bailey's shirt. Bailey's shirt was what finally made the redemption and forgiveness aspect to click for the grandmother. I took till the grandmother saw the misfit in baileys shirt to realize that she was the one that needed to forgive the misfit for the crimes he committed and see him as her child because that is the only way she will truly be able to receive and find grace and
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