Themes In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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“Everyone makes mistakes,” most people have heard this phrase sometime in there life. A person may find this phrase rather reassuring in instances such as a minor traffic violation or misconduct, but it makes it a much more disturbing situation in the case of offenses like theft and murder. Of course, Flannery O’ Connor is not claiming that everyone is guilty of homicide, however her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” makes it clear that everyone is certainly guilty of something. In the story a southern family is taking a vacation to Florida, but the real journey takes place inside the family’s lives. One of the questions that comes up in the story is what that real definition of “A Good Man” is and how there is so few of them left in the world. Many of the characters in…show more content…
She often relied on her religious beliefs and experiences as sources if inspiration fro her works and writings. This is certainly true in her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Religion, brutality, and violence are a few of the themes portrayed throughout Flannery O’ Connors short story. O’ Connor exposes the dark side of humanity and implements violence in order to emphasizes her religious viewpoints. This dark story of a pretentious and self-centered grandmother’s vacation with her family is steeped in connection to Christian theology. The Grandmother and The Misfit are both the same at core, while they appear to be very different on the surface. Both characters are seen as sinners in the eye of the reader, who indeed are in need of Christ’s redemption. The Grandmother masks her sinfulness with respectability and chooses to treat her religion as something that she can either accept or ignore depending on her circumstance. The Misfit is deviously sinful and enraged at the concept of God’s grace. The Misfit is a symbol of the anti-Christ and is portrayed as such the inversion of divine
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