Hypocrisy, the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behaviour does not conform. Asa hawks displays this well throughout Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, and so does the grandmother from “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”. We meet Asa in the beginning of the book who claims to be “blind” and is a preacher with a bastard daughter named Lily Sabbath. The Grandmother from “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” sees herself as a very superior character. She views herself as a very strong woman and believes that her morals a very strong as well, but what she does not understand is that her self-centredness causes her to be a hypocrite and the end result was her death. These two characters are similar through them being hypocrites, …show more content…
Asa Hawks is a fraudulent preacher who claims he is to blind himself in front of a crowd at a revival regarding his belief that Christ did redeem him and to show his this; he is to pour lime into his eyes. Asa Hawks is the character that talks the talk but does not walk the walk. “The headline on the clipping said, EVANGELIST PROMISES TO BLIND SELF. The rest of it [says] that Asa Hawks, an evangelist of the Free Church of Christ, had promised to blind himself to justify his belief that Christ Jesus [has] redeemed him…The other clipping was one that [says], EVANGELIST’S NERVE FAILS.” (Wise Blood, 65 iBooks) Asa Hawks hides his true intention with his mouth, he controls what he says, he says the right things at appropriate times, meaning, he only shows Hazel the newspaper clipping that says he is to blind himself, not the one where it says he failed to do so. Asa Hawks hides his eyes behind a pair of sunglasses to mask them, which if it opens, it would reveal his true identity and prove his …show more content…
Her hypocritical actions are not only the cause of her own death at the hands of the Misfit but are also the cause of her family’s death. "Jesus!" the old lady cried. "You've got good blood! I know you wouldn't shoot a lady! I know you come from nice people! Pray! Jesus, you ought not to shoot a lady. I'll give you all the money I've got!” (“A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, 127) Even at her last moments, the grandmother still does not understand that just because she is woman, it does not mean that the Misfit will spare her life. The reason main reason for her death is because she decided to blurt out the name Misfit, which also would cost the life of her entire family. From the start of the story she makes decisions that she knows very well she should not make. Starting with her cat, had the grandmother not brought the cat along with her, this accident would not have taken place. Another time was when she lied when she really was lost. Another action that causes the grandmother to go through and unfortunate ending is when she claims that she would never allow for her children to go where a criminal like the misfit is on the loose, yet when they are confronted by the misfit she never once said for him spare her children or her family. The grandmother is hypocritical because claims to be a Christian, but the way she acts differs from the way Christian are supposed live. Christians are supposed to lookout
On the other hand In Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” some characters display moral corruption but present it in a different way. Asa Hawks and the Grandmother are true testaments of what a morally corrupt person is meant to be. Asa Hawks is morally corrupt because he pretends to be a blind preacher who is a fraud. Asa Hawks falsely preaches on the street and disguises himself as an evangelist who tricks the public in his “false preaching,” making them believe that he is a true follower of Jesus. Asa Hawk’s moral corruption is revealed when he states, “He [preaches] for an hour on the blindness of Paul, working himself up until he [sees] himself stuck by a Divine flash of lightning and, with courage enough
In the story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor, there is no doubt the reader should consider the grandmother a villain. Throughout the story, it is easy to assume the grandmother would eventually lead the family to some sort of downfall. The grandmother has many traits that make her a villain, and through her judgemental nature, selfish acts, and inability to stop talking, she leads her family and herself to their death. Throughout the story it is obvious that the grandmother is very judgemental of people and seems to consider herself as better than everyone.
In her short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor is brutally honest in confronting her audience, which presumably differs from her staunch Catholic point of view. Using elements of distortion and exaggeration, O’Connor points out the atrocities of the world she and her audience live in—America in the 1950s and 60s. Racial tensions and political decisions proved divisive, corrupting and splitting America. O’Connor believes that her audience was part of the self-righteous, judgmental, and morally corrupt divisions of America—divisions embodied by the main character: the grandmother. O’Connor writes with great conviction to convey the idea that even the most unlikely of people, including those with great obstacles to salvation,
Moreover, it also shows that it was within her reach for her to change (Nester). It is extremely hard to change the way the human mind thinks, but it is possible. The grandmother had to be threatened with her life to finally come to the realization that she is
Throughout the novel Wise Blood by Flannery O'connor her main focus is religion. In the novel the protagonist Hazel Motes tries to deny the inevitable. "Two things I can't stand," Haze said, "-a man that ain't true and one that mocks what is." This quote means that even though hazel motes preaches to a type of antichrist church he still doesn't like it when someone pretends to be a preacher to make some money. This matters because hazel motes kills solace to prove his point that if you don't believe in christ you aren't a sinner.
The grandmother built her thoughts and actions on the idea of what she believed made people “good.” She placed great standards on being a lady, for example, highlighting her appearance over matter. At the same time, she regularly betrayed her family and lacked the basic awareness of what’s going on around her. Despite her stated love for Christian virtue, she couldn’t pray when she found herself in calamity and she even questioned Jesus. The Misfit, however, followed a code that was steady and evil.
O’Connor decides to make the story fascinating when it is included that the Misfit has a gun. “Pray! Jesus, you ought not to shoot a lady. I'll give you all the money I've
Flannery O’Connor is a renowned Southern author, noted for her gothic works and heavily Catholic themes. She focuses predominantly on racial tensions, morality, and divine grace. The religious and moral themes of her short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find, converge on the character of the grandmother. Despite the self-proclamations of fulfilling what it means to be a Southern lady, Grandmother holds a superficial grasp of her religion. Throughout the story, the Grandmother never truly changed, only her ostensible actions did.
Flannery O’Connor’s Interpretations of Life Mirrors are capable of showing an individual’s outer appearance, but nothing beyond that. Not even a mirror the size of a door can reveal a person’s intentions, perspectives, or values. Only actions, words, experiences, and ideas could possibly represent and contribute to one’s personal beliefs. Every individual has a different opinion regarding what is considered right or wrong.
Redemption is the act of being saved from acts of evil and sin. The debate of whether human nature is redeemable or not has been one to plaque religious scholars. In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, this question continues in the interactions between the characters; the most notable being the Grandmother of a rather horrible family and the Misfit, a murderer. While on a road trip, these two characters’ paths collide and lead to a rather unfortunate end where the Grandmother and her family are killed. While many readers believe the ending creates and overall negative tone of the story, some believe that there is a hope for redemption; the story’s author O’Connor who is a devoted Catholic included.
To begin, Aunt Alexandra is one of the many voices of hypocrisy in the book. Aunt Alexandra is a symbol of old southern charm and what woman were supposed to act like in the 1930s. She lives by the fact that family is the most important thing in life. She judges
The balance of what is good and what is bad is a rather controversial topic in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find". Most notably, the characteristics of both the Grandmother and the Misfit. The Misfit portrays an immoral personality and seems to be the evil in the story while the grandmother is the innocent lady seeking to be the good in this story. However, the religious virtues effect both personas and in itself draws the line around them mutually as sinners. Both characters have a particular relationship with Jesus, a physical crisis crossed with a spiritual crisis and different conceptions of reality; thus, revealing how the portrayal of these characters are not what may seem.
Without the narrator’s courage, Grandma would have been buried in Bakersfield, where she didn’t want to be buried. Finally, Grandma is helpful when she brought the narrator’s family together. “When you’re family, you take care of your own” (Haslam 251). After Grandma passes, even though it is sad, she had helps her family bond and come
The grandmother and the Misfit’s climactic final encounter reveals a flaw the Misfit’s complex character by the usage of religious symbols. The Misfit states that his actions in the free world are justified because God does not exist. The Misfit is references the biblical event of Jesus raising the dead. The Misfit says “I wasn’t there because if I had of been there I would have known” (14) The Misfit believes that because he never saw this event, he has no proof that Jesus is real.
1. The conventional social and religious values the grandmother feels she is ethically superior to others by virtue and can pass judgment on others. The Grandmother is exposed during the story when she lies to her family about a mansion with a secret panel to get her son to drive there and hides the mistake that the house was in Georgia. In the story when the misfit states “She would of been a good woman ... if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life”, implies that she talked about everything and anything a lot with little or no knowledge on the subject. Also, she felt her judgment was always right if she had someone that would have keep her from talking continuously.