16 June 2015
Topic Proposal: Religious affairs in A good Man Is Hard to find
In Flannery O Connors southern gothic short story, “a good man is hard to find” the protagonists that are presented seem to be in a gloomy and fragile relationship in what seems to be your cliché American family. The family as you would expect from O’Connor’s writing is in its own way corrupt and what many catholic enthusiasts would say, need Jesus. The Grandmother being the worst case of them all and in the story shows examples of gluttony and lust, two major sins in the Roman Catholic faith. These sins are the eventual downfall of the entire family. This essay ...view middle of the document...
The grandmother continuously shows her lack of true Christian faith as she attempts to use God to save her life and as soon as she realizes it is not working she reverts to bribing the misfit. “The grandmother is also shown to care more for her life than her family’s wellbeing. Instead of speaking up for her young grandchildren, she begs to The Misfit, “You wouldn't shoot a lady, would you?” (587). Her concern for her family seems to diminish at this critical point. These traits are far from Christian teachings (see Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 82:3, John 15:13). In the desperation of begging for her life, the grandmother even uses God. The grandmother often asks The Misfit to pray (589), and seeing her strategy not working, she offers material goods, money, to save her life. “
Bandy, Stephen C. "“One of my babies”: the misfit and the grandmother “." Studies in Short Fiction 33 (1996).
Bandy compares and analyzes the two main characters of the story, the grandmother and Misfit. Although he is not sure which one is truly more evil they both exhibit sins on a greater scale than the rest of the supporting characters. He believes that the actions of both characters should not be forgiven so easily and that grace cannot be handed so simply especially to a serial killer and a selfish old woman who put herself before her own family. “It has been said that no action is without its redeeming aspect. Could this unspeakable act of selfishness carry within it the seeds of grace, acting, as it were, above the Grandmother? So Flannery O'Connor believed. But what is the precise movement of grace in this scene? It is surely straining the text to propose that the Grandmother has in this moment "seen the light." Are we to regard her as the unwitting agent of divine grace whose selfish intentions are somehow transfigured into a blessing? Such seems to have been O'Connor's opinion: “We are almost persuaded to forget that none of this happens in the story itself. If this can be so, then we can just as easily attribute any interpretation we like to the scene. But in fact he is in no way changed, There is no "later on" in fiction. We do not, and will not, see "created grace" in the spirit of the Misfit.
Doyle, Charles Clay. ""A Good Man Is Hard to Find": The Proverb." Flannery O'Connor Review. Vol. 5. N.p.: Flannery O'Connor Review, 2007. 5-22. Web. 23 June 2015.
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