A Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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Society’s temptations and flaws cause everyday living to be a struggle to balance the scale of good and evil. Every individual has the potential to overcome each challenge and road block in order to receive purity of life. In Flannery O’Connor’s short shorty, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the grandmother’s naïve and selfish thoughts illustrates how narrow minded many people can be. They neglect love and don’t concede the knowledge and connections with one another. In order to overcome life’s obstacles it is essential to find one’s moment of grace. Flannery O’Connor believed that in order to be a good person, one must find his or her own moment of grace. O’Connor quoted, “It is possible to know how to be one…but it is impossible to be one without the help of grace” (Giannone 42). She explains that one of God’s reasons was to assist mankind by establishing a sense of morals and logic, but in the end grace will be the only answer to become whole. Finding one’s moment of grace is challenging because it requires someone to be faced with their true identity and the choice to change who they are. After the person achieves their moment of grace, it transforms them into a new person by incorporating the aspects of inner peace and happiness. In, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” an ordinary Georgia family began their summer vacation road trip to Florida. Half way through the trip, the grandmother makes up a story about an old plantation with a secret panel, to excite the children and cause them to beg the parents to visit it. After a trip down a dirt road, the grandmother suddenly realizes the old plantation isn’t in Georgia, but in Tennessee. Too embarrassed to admit her mistake, she causes her cat (which she secretly concealed into the car in the beginning of the story) to jump on her son (Bailey), which then causes the car to crash into a ditch. An escaped convict, called

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