Moral Code In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a short story that makes readers question what truly makes a good person. The grandmother in the story believes she knows what a good person is, but the Misfit challenges her morals which makes her question what makes a good person. Both the Misfit and the grandmother judge people based on their moral code but one of their moral code is more authentic than the other. In her final moments of life does the misfit make her see what really makes a person good? The grandmother doesn’t seem to develop in the story until she faces life or death at the end, she may have never developed if have it not been for the Misfit. The grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” has a moral code that she follows but by the end of the story the Misfit makes question her moral code. A moral code isn’t something that necessarily means good; a moral code is a set of beliefs and behaviors that people abide by to live what they consider to be a reasonable. The grandmothers moral code is based on appearance over substance, Christianity, and ladylikeness, for example, when the family was getting in the car to leave the grandmother was dressed very nicely so just in case there was an accident “anyone seeing her dead…would know at once that she was lady.” The grandmother also, although she barely knew him, thought that Red Sammy was a good person because he let what he thought were good country people charge the gas. When the Misfit shows up at the
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