A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

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A Good Man is Hard to Find In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, what seems to be a pleasant tale of a good family on vacation takes an evil turn. This short story by Flannery O’Connor explores the nature of good and evil in man. The theme of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is forgiveness despite the good or evil nature of man. O’Connor asks the questions “What makes a ‘good’ man?” and “Does an evil man deserve forgiveness?” Through development of unique characters, O’Connor seeks to answer these questions. The grandmother has a very specific idea of what makes a quality person, but her son is a grumpy bland man and her grandchildren are spoiled brats it seems. She values herself highly because she is a “lady,” with her “navy blue sailor hat with white violets on the brim, a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print, her collars and cuffs trimmed with lace, and one her neckline a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet” (262). Since it is so important to her to be considered a lady, she is dressed in her best attire in case she was in an accident anyone who saw her would know at once she was a lady. She is very proper the way a lady should be, but very outspoken and she quickly passes judgment on others. The grandmother frequently criticizes others on their behavior, such as when she complains about vacationing in Florida where the escaped convict could be and how it would weigh heavily on her conscience. She criticizes the children’s mother, accusing her of not wanting to travel to a place that would allow her children to “be broad” (261). She criticizes the children for not being respectful of their native state Georgia. She never criticizes herself, not even when she realizes that the house with the secret panel she had been thinking of (and the whole cause of the detour) was not in Georgia but actually Tennessee. In her final moments,

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