A Good Man

December 12, 2016 Religion

“A Good Man Is Hard to find” is regarded as one of OConnors best stories and has drawn much critical attention. Most discussions of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” have focused on the storys extreme violence. OConnor herself justified the use of terror to shock spiritually complacent modern readers: “To the hard of hearing you shout and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.” While many critics accept this rationalization, others are less comfortable with the storys abrupt descent into brutality. For some commentators, the jarring shift from comedy to tragedy takes unfair advantage of a group of characters whose depiction verges on caricature. More recent interpretations of the tale range from structural and political analysis to an examination of its classical and medieval literary influences.
Flannery O??™Connor??™s personal views on the justification of religion and the resulting world or corruption and depravity are apparent in her short story ???A Good Man is Hard to Find???. She analyzes the basic plight of human existence and its conflict with religious conviction. The first two-thirds of the narrative set the stage for the grandmother, representing traditional Christian beliefs, to collide with The Misfit, representing modern scientific beliefs. The core of symbolism and the magnet for interpretation is at the end, the conversation between the grandmother and The Misfit. The conversation represents the examination of the clash between animal and metaphysical human nature and the Misfit is the literary depiction of the outcome of that clash.
The grandmother is based on conventional Southern women. She dresses in her Sunday best so that no one would be mistaken as to her status as a lady, an issue at the heart of every true Southern woman. She related stories of old mansions and of the little ???pick ninny??™ by a door. This was not a racial comment because for it to be there would have to be an intent to insult an African American and there was not. This was written to further convey the notion of her embodying all the true characteristics of Southern women, including their adherence to devout Christianity.On my first reading of this story, I initially felt the fear frequently seen in grandmothers in confronting danger and how they try to convince us to stay away from it: ???The Misfit is a loose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to this people??¦.???, the grandmother said. As I have experienced in the past, once a Mom and Dad have made a decision to do something, it??™s difficult to change plans, and least from an elderly mother wish. The story continues on a kind of humorous way as the family travel through the country and the grandmother talks of how were the old days and how different are these time. ???People are certainly not like they used to be??? the grandmother told Red Sam while in the lounge. After reading the whole story I could then make a connection of the theme of religion and evil in the interactions of the old lady with the owner of the restaurant and the Misfit. While the grandmother was talking to the owner they began discussing the idea of a ???good man??? and how he is hard to find, also, tied into that the character of The Misfit. ?????¦??™It isn??™t a soul in this green world of God??™s that you can trust,??™ she said. ???A good man is hard to find,??? Red Sammy said??¦??? Here, we see the grandmother and the man who owns the restaurant discussing the old times compared to now days and saying that no one is good anymore and that you can??™t trust anybody. Later in the story, towards the end, the old lady is telling The Misfit that she thinks that he is good, that she knows it
As the story progresses I felt tense and, latter, ???horror??? sensing the coldness in the Misfit and the family final destiny.
The last sentence of this short story confused me. I didn??™t understand what he meant when he said that she would have been a good woman if everyone had been there to shoot her every minute of her life. Could it mean that if we knew beforehand how our life will end we would try do things better and be good

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