28 September 2011
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” was written by Flannery O’Conner, and her deep religious beliefs are shown in this short story. The beginning of the story starts with a quote by St. Cyril of Jerusalem who was one of the first theologians of the early church. “The dragon is by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the father of souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.” This quote references how the devil sits by the side of the road distracting people from God in their walk through life. O’Conner’s story revolves around one family ...view middle of the document...
She interested him because as she was losing her family, one’s initial reaction would be to show greater sorrow for the loss of loved ones, but instead, we see her faith in God grow. Initially she tried human means to persuade him to spare her life, but no one on earth possessed what he wanted.
As the grandmother’s faith strengthened, she saw the Misfit for who he really was – a soul lost to Satan. She repeatedly urged him to pray, trust in Jesus and believe in His promise. The Misfit was neutral in any response to her, but his actions were mocking her faith as he did a poor imitation of what Jesus actually had done in the Bible, such as when the Misfit squatted down drawing in the sand. Jesus did a similar act when the Jewish leaders brought a woman before Him to be stoned. Rather than allowing the accusers to leave peacefully and reflect on their lives, the Misfit tried her family and had his minions execute his judgment.
The Misfit blamed Jesus for many things – namely throwing everything off balance. In his mind, back then...